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10 EASY WAYS TO BE A RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER IN 2021 – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

By Hey, We Are Alesha, Jarryd, The Award-Winning Writers, Professional Photographers Behind This Blog. We Have Been Travelling The World Together Since, With A Passion For Adventure Travel, Sustainable Tourism. Through Our Stories, Images We Promote Exciting Off-The-Beaten-Path Destinations, Fascinating Cultures As We Go. As One Of The World'S Leading Travel Journalists, Our Content
Welcome to our simple and proven guide on how to be a responsible traveller in 2021. Here are 10 ways to help you become a responsible traveller. But even if you are not highly qualified, you can still find beneficial ways to volunteer. Besides creating a more authentic travel experience for yourself, you are also helping someone create a better life for themselves. Start discussions about responsible travel with people in your hostel, hotel or who you are on tour with.
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10 Tips To Help You Work From Home

By Staff Writer
Otherwise, the whole thing you’re working on can turn out wrong which is both a waste of time and frustrating. A lot of the same tactics you might use to stay focused at the office work while you’re at home too. Setting boundaries around your work hours and communicating them with friends and family can help minimize those unexpected interruptions and keep you focused throughout the day. Of course, if you’re working from home with kids, some of this may be easier said than done. We’ve got you covered with tips on how to work out when you can’t get to a gym.
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10 ways to be a better traveller in a post-lockdown world

By Emily Mathieson, Monday November
Rethink flyingFor many of us, the grounding of planes has led to instant relief from noise pollution as well as clearing some of the worst kinds of air pollution. When aviation starts to pick up again, travellers could be met with long queues, health checks and higher prices, so minimising time at airports and on planes is something many of us will want to keep doing. All of which will force us to think hard about where we want to fly, and why. Etihad, for example, was quick off the mark on these fronts – at the forefront of developing more fuel-efficient planes, reducing waste on flights and trialling new airport technology designed to help identify medically at-risk travellers. Read this piece on 5 things everyone should consider when we can fly again
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101 Things to Do in Montana for Anyone Who Loves Adventure

By Staff Writer
It’s one of the best ways to see all the gems in each state, and Montana has so many beautiful scenic byways to see all its beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Absarokee Loop Scenic Drive (Yellowstone Country) Beartooth Highway (All-American Road) (Yellowstone Country) Big Sheep Creek Backcountry Byway (Southwest Montana) Big Sky Back Country Byway (Southeast Montana) Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge Auto Tour (Missouri River Country) C.M. Russell Auto Tour Route (Central Montana) Going-to-the-Sun Road (Glacier Country) Kings Hill Scenic Byway (Central Montana) Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway (Glacier Country) Lake Loop (Yellowstone Country) Lonesome Highway (Missouri River Country) Mill Creek Route (Southwest Montana) Seeley-Swan Scenic Drive (Glacier Country) Missouri Breaks Back Country Byway (Central Montana) Paradise Valley Scenic Loop (Yellowstone Country) Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway (Southwest Montana) US Highway 2 (Glacier Country, Central Montana, Missouri River Country) Virginia City Loop (Southwest Montana)Check out this video they just released. Some of the best spots were the ones we discovered on the way to our main destination. Hey Montana, can we be in the next video?
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11 Beautiful Things to Do in Saguaro National Park

By Staff Writer
Saguaro National Park is a beautiful park that sandwiches Tucson, Arizona. Saguaro East (Rincon Mountain District) – Closer to the mountains, so you will get pretty saguaro silhouettes against a purple mountain backdrop. 11 BEAUTIFUL THINGS TO DO IN SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK1. Visit the Desert MuseumThis museum is technically just outside of the park grounds but is still worth the stop when you’re exploring the National Park. MAP TO HELP YOU GET AROUND SAGUARO NATIONAL PARKPRO TIPS FOR YOUR VISIT TO SAGUARO NATIONAL PARKIt takes 30-45 minutes to drive between the two districts.
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101 Things to Do in New Orleans Bucket List

By Staff Writer
People are everywhere at all times of day and there are also horses and bikes to contend with. Parking violations range from $20 at an expired meter to $40 for parking too close to a corner. Don’t park in the median (called “neutral ground” in New Orleans because that will cost you $75. As for parking meter rates, they differ depending on where you are in the city. Parking meter rates are $2.00 an hour everywhere else in the city of New Orleans.
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101+ Unique Ten Year Anniversary Gifts and Date Ideas You’ll Love

By Staff Writer
Jacob was born and raised in Atlanta, and I had lived there since high school. Everything looked like we were going to live a traditional life with the 2.5 kids working 9-5 jobs. We had so many low points in our relationship too, some of which felt like our marriage was completely falling apart. We both carried our fair share of emotional baggage into the relationship, but I’ll admit I liked to hoard mine. Though it may not be rainbows and unicorns all the time, I can’t imagine life without my best friend.
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11 Essential Questions to ask Your Travel Partner

By Katie Diederichs
Traveling with a friend means adventures, cocktails, and inside jokes that will have you in fits of laughter well after your return. We recently posted an article about how overseas travel will make couples stronger, and the same can certainly be true for friendships. For others, itineraries mean an hour-by-hour plan of what you'll be doing, where you'll be eating, and when you'll take bathroom breaks. There truly is no right or wrong way to plan (or not plan) a trip, and both types of travel can be equally rewarding. You'll both learn something -- even if it is how much you hate traveling with (or without) a plan.
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11 Incredible Things to Do in Grand Teton National Park Wyoming

By Staff Writer
There’s no denying the beauty of the Teton range in Grand Teton National Park. 11 INCREDIBLE THINGS TO DO IN GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK1. GO ON A HIKEThere is a wide range of hikes in Grand Teton National Park. CAMPINGThere are 6 campgrounds at Grand Teton National Park. CLIMBING AND MOUNTAINEERINGGrand Teton National Park is a popular spot for mountaineers.
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11 Interesting Things to Do in Reykjavik Iceland

By Staff Writer
You can easily get multi-day layovers from the US to Europe, and most likely you’ll be starting your Iceland trip in Reykjavik, the capital and largest city. If you’re visiting Reykjavik for a day or two or just passing through, here are our picks for things to do! 11 INTERESTING THINGS TO DO IN REYKJAVIK ICELAND1. Grab an Icelandic Hot Dog at Bæjarins Beztu PylsurThis hot dog stand is known to sell the best hot dogs in Iceland (the name literally means “The Town’s Best”). See the Northern Lights (Sept – mid-April)photo: iwillbehomesoonIf you’re in Iceland during winter, then you’re probably there to see the Northern Lights!
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11 Top Free Things to Do in NYC + More

By Staff Writer
Last Updated: October 11, 2020YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO FREE THINGS TO DO IN NYCWe’ve compiled a list of all the free things to do in the city. 11 POPULAR FREE THINGS TO DO IN NYC1. FREE NYC ATTRACTIONSOUTDOORS + URBAN PARKSFREE NYC MUSEUMSArt MuseumsBotanical Gardens, Aquariums & ZoosChildren’s MuseumsCommemorative Museums & MemorialsCultural MuseumsHistory Museums & LibrariesSpecialty MuseumsMuralsNew York City is full of amazing murals and is like an ever-changing art gallery. TriviaSyndicated Bar in Bushwick – Free Movie Trivia Tuesdays 8 pmVideology in Williamsburg – Free Move Trivia Tuesdays 8:30 pmFREE NYC TOURSBoats & FerriesEast River Ferry – Technically not free but same cost as a subway ride. Staten Island FerryWater Taxi IKEA Shuttle Ferry – Free on Weekends & Free with $10 Purchase at IKEABrewery Tours & Wine TastingsBierkraft Brewery – Free Tastings Tuesdays After 7 pmBig Nose Full Body – Free Tastings Saturdays 4-6 pmBrooklyn Brewery – Free Tours Saturdays and SundaysNew York Distilling Company Free Tours and Tastings on Saturday and Sundays 2-5 pm.
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11 Unique Things to Do in Congaree National Park

By Staff Writer
It runs from Columbia to Congaree National Park. Starting the trail in an urban environment really shows you the contrast as you continue to float downstream and enter the National Park. There are only three known places in the Western Hemisphere that are known to have fireflies that synchronize their flashes and Congaree National park is one of these places! CampingThere are two designated campgrounds in Congaree National Park:Longleaf Campground has 10 individual and 4 group camping sites. FishingCongaree National Park is also a great place to fish and is allowed with a valid South Carolina fishing license.
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11 Unique Things to do in Fallon NV

By Staff Writer
We just got back from a fun weekend in Fallon, which is a small town an hour east of Reno Nevada. We were so excited when Visit Fallon invited us out for a weekend adventure. 11 UNIQUE THINGS TO DO IN FALLON NVThis archaeological site is only a short hike away to a panoramic view of the valley. The Churchill County Museum has been named the Best Little Museum on the Loneliest Road in America. Pin Pin PinPin
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11 ways to be more eco-friendly when travelling

By Juliet Kinsman, Wednesday November, In Partnership With, Shell Aviation
(It’s always worth a try – I’ve had this happen after saying something at an outpost of an elegant Japanese restaurant.) Now read:What is 'greenwashing' and how can we avoid it while travelling? What is 'greenwashing' and how can we avoid it while travelling? Style & Culture What is 'greenwashing' and how can we avoid it while travelling? Why sustainable travel is as much about humanity and diversity as it is about the planetWhy sustainable travel is as much about humanity and diversity as it is about the planet Inspiration Why sustainable travel is as much about humanity and diversity as it is about the planetThe biggest sustainable travel breakthroughs from the past 50 years
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13 Absolutely Amazing Places to Eat in Greenville SC

By Staff Writer
We had a fantastic time at the Hilton Garden Inn in Greenville. We’ve stayed at Hilton Garden Inn hotels before and have always had a wonderful experience. We enjoyed a fun happy hour and sit-down dinner, where the hotel team showcased core Hilton Garden Inn menu items, served with a Greenville twist. All of these dishes showcased Hilton Garden Inn Greenville’s customized menu and locally sourced ingredients that reflected Southern flavors. First, we tried a new specialty cocktail, created by actress Judy Greer, which is available on Hilton Garden Inn menus nationwide.
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13 Money-Saving Tips for Iceland: Traveling on a Budget

By Katie Diederichs
One really amazing part of traveling in Iceland is that most of the attractions are absolutely free. But you're reading this article because you're on a budget, and I'm going to be blunt: The tours in Iceland aren't made for thrifty travelers. Other Ways to Save Money if You're FlexibleIf you're flexible and willing, there are even more ways you can save money while traveling in Iceland! Visit Iceland during low seasonVisiting Iceland during peak season means you’ll likely be paying top dollar and missing out on deals that are available later on in the year. We may have paid more money in some categories, but being in Iceland in August meant that it was possible to save money by camping.
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14 Fun & Unique Things to Do in Austin, Texas: A Local’s Guide

By Guest Author, Katie Diederichs
Located in Central Texas in the heart of Hill Country, Austin combines a vibrant city life with beautiful rolling hills, lakes, and rivers. to discover the best local spots that the city has to offer. We're excited to share this list of fun and unique things to do in Austin that will make you fall in love with the city, just like we have! Whether you’re visiting for the first time or are an Austin local looking for some fresh ideas, we’ve gotcha covered! 1.Check out Austin’s best food trucks
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14 Inspiring Campervan Experts and Their Advice for You

By Katie Diederichs
The “garden” is a small portion of the van but to me it’s the small things that make the space feel comfortable. Visas needed to be applied for, money needed to be saved, our belongings needed to be stored, jobs needed to be quit. Plus, I feel like I need at least a little bit of structure or else I go a little crazy. What is your advice for someone who is interested in campervan life? There’s ways to give van life a go without fully committing to buying and converting a van all in one go.
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15 Amazing Places with the Best Mexican Food in San Diego

By Staff Writer
I was never been a huge fan of Mexican food, that is.. until we moved to San Diego. Now that I’m a believer, we go and eat it every now and again, but we haven’t had too much luck outside of San Diego and LA. After a year of living in San Diego, here are our favorite spots. 15 Amazing Places with the Best Mexican Food in San DiegoWe also triedCity Tacos, North Park – we really wanted to like them because they were in our neighborhood, but they were just overrated. On our first visit, we had just gotten back from Hawaii and we were hunting down best Mexican food in San Diego (and pseudo-Mexican food like California burritos!).
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15 Amazing Things to Do in Kyoto for First Timers

By Staff Writer
The Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama is one of the most popular spots in Kyoto. There were others on the same early morning train, and we thought surely there aren’t that many dedicated people who go before the sun rises. Since it’s a single walkway, we became friends with the other photographers taking turns getting the shots we wanted. Book a tour of the Arashiyama area here or a bike tour if you like riding. Getting Here: Saga-Arashiyama Station on the JR Sanin Line or Keifuku Arashiyama Line on the Keifuku Line
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15 Most Popular Day Trips From Los Angeles

By Staff Writer
Leonard Knight dedicated his life to this work of art in hopes to show that “God is Love” . Here’s an excerpt from a NatGeo photographer I follow who spent 7 years documenting his life and work. Leonard’s life and work drew from the deep and silent well of spirit that feels so far from many of us as we race through our lives. His message transcended any individual religion and spoke to the larger need for a Universal Faith driven by LOVE. The Salton Sea is also nearby, which lies 234 ft below sea level!
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15 Things to Do in Monterey CA + Giveaway

By Staff Writer
Pro Tip: You can enjoy the same beautiful views golfing at Pacific Grove for much cheaper. Monterey Bay National Marine SanctuaryThis is one of the nation’s best marine protected areas with spectacular wildlife viewings. Monterey Jazz FestivalIf you’re in Monterey in September, check out the world’s longest running jazz festival. MAP OF MONTEREY CAI’m so excited that See Monterey is giving away these tickets so you can experience more of what Monterey has to offer. The package includes:4 tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium4 tickets to the MY MuseumTo enter the giveaway, visit See Monterey here.
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15 Unforgettable Things to Do in Jasper National Park

By Staff Writer
We finally made our way up to Jasper National Park! 15 UNFORGETTABLE THINGS TO DO IN JASPER NATIONAL PARK1. There are over 745 miles (1200 km) of hiking trails in Jasper National Park with waterfalls, emerald lakes, and mountains. Heli HikeOn the way up to Jasper National Park from Calgary, we stopped at the icefields to go on a heli hike with Rockies Heli Canada. Wildlife ViewingBecause Jasper National park is so wild, you are sharing the space with the true locals – the animals.
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16 Epic Things to Do in Koh Lipe: Thailand's Island Paradise

By Katie Diederichs
Head to Phuket, Koh Phi Phi or Koh Phangan if that sounds like your type of beach vacation. But if you are seeking an island vibe that’s more laidback and would like to get away from the crowds, consider a trip to Koh Lipe. Thailand’s southernmost island, Koh Lipe, boasts clear turquoise waters and less development than many of its overcrowded counterparts. While Koh Lipe is getting more well known year after year, it is still far less touristy than most other islands in Thailand. Best Things to Do in Koh LipeFor being such a small island, we were surprised by the amount of things to do in Koh Lipe.
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16 Legit Side Hustle Ideas: How to Make Extra Money Online

By Katie Diederichs
People often ask us how we afford to travel, and truthfully the answer isn’t all that earth-shattering:We find creative ways to earn money so we have multiple income streams. We are very diligent about saving the money we do earn & prioritize what we spend it on. When looking for easy ways to earn money online, the tricky part can sometimes be finding out which gigs are legit and which ones are too good to be real (aka scams!). Whether you have a savings goal you’d like to reach, you’ve got travel on the mind (we feel you!) or you just want a little extra “padding” in your bank account, we’ve got you covered with some legitimate ways to earn money online fast.
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16 Things Nobody Tells You About Being a Travel Blogger: No Bullshit Rundown

By Katie Diederichs
So you want to be a travel blogger? Our inbox is currently flooded with people reaching out asking for tips on how to start a travel blog. Travel Blogging is truly my dream job, and I truly love doing what I do. We’re wiping away the glamorous facade of free hotel stays and unlimited freedom, and we’re giving you an inside look at what it’s really like being a travel blogger. Alright, are you ready for this is a raw and real, no bullshit rundown of what it’s actually like being a travel blogger?!
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17 Amazing Things To Do in Koh Lanta, Thailand

By Katie Diederichs
If you're looking for an island with a laidback vibe and plenty of things to do, Koh Lanta may be the perfect addition to your Thailand itinerary. With roads that are perfect for motorbike adventures, long and uncrowded beaches, secret spots to be explored and decent nightlife, it comes as no surprise that Koh Lanta is one of our favorite Thai islands. Related: Read all about our other favorite Thai island! What to Do in Koh LantaFrom adrenaline-pumping adventures to stunning viewpoints to sustainable activities, there are so many things to do in Koh Lanta. In this travel guide, we're sharing 17 amazing and unique things to do on Koh Lanta; plus our favorite restaurants, the best bars and the area to stay in.
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17 Unforgettable Things to Do in Destin Florida This Year

By Staff Writer
1007 US-98, Destin, FL 32541, mapWater park lovers should head to Big Kahuna’s to check out its 40+ attractions. Buccaneer Pirate Cruise 100 Harbor Blvd Unit B, Destin, FL 32541, map If you had a time machine and could visit Destin in the past, the waters would be filled with pirates. 102 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541, mapIf you’re looking for something free to do, head to the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. 4251 Legendary Dr, Destin, FL 32541, mapUncle Buck’s transports you under the sea to a uniquely fun themed bowling experience. Golfing307 Kelly Plantation Dr, Destin, FL 32541, mapDestin is home to some beautiful golf courses.
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17 AWESOME Things to Do in Wanaka (Free 2021 Guide) – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

By Hey, We Are Alesha, Jarryd, The Award-Winning Writers, Professional Photographers Behind This Blog. We Have Been Travelling The World Together Since, With A Passion For Adventure Travel, Sustainable Tourism. Through Our Stories, Images We Promote Exciting Off-The-Beaten-Path Destinations, Fascinating Cultures As We Go. As One Of The World'S Leading Travel Journalists, Our Content
Located just 10 minutes from Wanaka town, it’s easily accessible for all kind of travellers, even if you don’t have a car. On the peak, you’ll get an unobstructed view over the snowy mountains of the Southern Alps, Lake Wanaka, and the picturesque Wanaka town. You’ll get to see the Southern Alps (Mt Cook & Mt Aspiring included), Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea, Wanaka town and all the green farms down there during a clear day. Relax in the Wanaka Lavender FarmLocated just a few minutes’ walks from Wanaka town lies Wanaka Lavender Farm. Our Top Pick for Accommodation in Wanaka – Wanaka HomesteadEvery now and then we come across a style of accommodation that makes us want to open up our own guesthouse, welcoming friends from around the world.
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18 Free (& Cheap) Things to Do in Budapest

By Ben Zweber, Katie Diederichs
Honestly, we could both see ourselves living here for a while because there are so many things to do in Budapest, and lots of them are free (or cheap!). Budapest has character, history and is quite affordable compared to many other European cities. If you’re planning travels to Hungary or anywhere in Eastern Europe, you must visit Budapest. We'll explain why we fell in love with this city and how you will too with the top free and cheap things to do in Budapest. Pest = New TownEast side of the river, this area is more modern and has a more lively nightlife scene; lots of restaurants and cafes.
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19 Unusual & Fun Things to Do in Berlin

By Guest Author, Katie Diederichs
The hip-hop night, put on by a group called SWAG Jam, is a lot of fun. Almost every weekend I lived in Berlin, almost without fail, one of my German friends would invite me to go to a spa with them. There are tons of different spas in Berlin, but my favorite is Vabali. An extremely popular in thing to do in Berlin called Weekend Refugee Dinner is run by a Hungarian woman named Anna through the website Withlocals (here is Anna’s profile). If you can’t book the dinner, there are plenty of other Withlocal experiences to try our around Berlin.
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19 EPIC Things to Do in Banff, Canada (Free 2021 Guide) – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

By Hey, We Are Alesha, Jarryd, The Award-Winning Writers, Professional Photographers Behind This Blog. We Have Been Travelling The World Together Since, With A Passion For Adventure Travel, Sustainable Tourism. Through Our Stories, Images We Promote Exciting Off-The-Beaten-Path Destinations, Fascinating Cultures As We Go. As One Of The World'S Leading Travel Journalists, Our Content
READ MORE – Don’t miss out on our complete guide to the best Banff hikes. Hiking is completely free, and the scenery is stunning, which is why Sunshine Meadows is one of the best things to see in Banff. Photo credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography. Rafting on the Bow River – Photo Credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography. 11) Hike Around Lake Louise and the Nearby TeahousesOne of the true gems of the region, Lake Louise is almost as iconic as Banff itself.
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20+ Countries and Countless Photos

By Staff Writer
I have been to over 20 countries at this point and when you travel so much, you learn a thing or two! What are your “Trusty Three” travel items? What’s the weirdest thing you carry with you while traveling? The weirdest thing I carry with me might be my small dice games. The weirdest thing I’ve seen would have to be the Ostrich Pillow … hah!
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20 Questions to Ask Your Partner Before Moving into a Campervan

By Katie Diederichs
When you’re living in an ultra-tight space, it can get cluttered fast. What is your favorite way to spend “alone time”? When you’re living in a campervan you are spending nearly every moment with your partner – driving, eating, sleeping – everything. You even need to tell your partner every time you need to use the bathroom so they can pull over. What’s your favorite road trip snack?
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21 Best Places to Visit Upstate NY

By Staff Writer
We plan to check off a few more before the winter season comes. A couple of weeks ago, we headed upstate in an Escape Campervan. It was a great way to see and experience these state parks with a bit more comfort and style. During our trip, we mostly left it as a bed, and used the picnic table in our campsites. The back also opens up to a kitchen, with a camp stove, hand pump sink, and all the cooking items needed.
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21 Unique Things to Do in Karakol Kyrgyzstan + Nearby Excursions

By Staff Writer
The Dungan MosqueThe Dungan Mosque is a unique mosque in that it was designed and constructed by Chinese artisans. Karakol River ParkEnjoy the benches, grills, and a small stage where concerts are held along the Karakol River. Dungan MuseumIf you don’t have time do the Dungan Family Dinner, but still want to learn more about their history, check out the Dungan Museum. When you book your Dungan Family Dinner, you stop by the Dungan Museum first. Karakol Gorge9.9 km / 23 min South of KarakolNear the ski base, is Karakol gorge.
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23 bus passengers contracted coronavirus from 1 infected person. No one was wearing a mask.

By Hilary Brueck
From one infection to 23 moreThe infected person who boarded the bus that fateful day wasn't showing symptoms, just yet. (Those critical hours right before a person starts feeling sick are often when people are most contagious with the coronavirus.) On the first bus, sitting near the infected person didn't seem to matter most when it came to getting sick. A seating chart shows how one infected bus rider (red) infected many others, even those who weren't sitting close by. Even on airplanes, enclosed spaces where the air is very well purified, and people now wear masks, the risk of getting infected is not zero.
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25 Amazing Hot Springs in the US You Must Soak In

By Staff Writer
Goldmyer Hot Springs, North Bend, WashingtonAddress: Snoqualmie National Forest WA 98045These hot springs require you to hike 5 miles in to enjoy them, but it’s such a rewarding hike. Calistoga Hot Springs, Calistoga, CaliforniaAddress: 1006 Washington St Calistoga CA 94515This is more the luxury retreat where you can have a glass of Napa Valley wine and enjoy a dip in the geothermal pools and volcanic ash mud pits. Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, ArkansasAddress: Hot Springs National Park ARThe name says it all. Carson Mineral Hot Springs, Carson, WashingtonAddress: 372 St Martins Springs Rd Carson WA 98610This Victorian-styled resort is a great getaway. Bagby Hot Springs, Estacada, OregonAddress: Mt Hood National Forest ORWhile living in Portland, this was one of the hot springs that the locals often mentioned.
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25 best sustainable beauty products that are good for the soul (and the planet)

By Juliet Kinsman, Wednesday November
When it comes to choosing skincare and wellbeing products that aren’t just good for us, but are great for the wider world, there’s much to consider. What’s their provenance and does the manufacturer use an ethical supply chain that hasn’t harmed animals? Is the company’s carbon footprint off the charts due to long-distance distribution, or does the maker offset emissions? These terms are as wishy-washy as ‘green’ and ‘kind’ – what we want to look for is trackable statements of positive impact and credible certifications from respected third parties, surely? It’s rare to find a product that ticks every sustainability box, absolutely, but we can pick make-up or skincare that’s a hero in some way.
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25 Eco Friendly Travel Products for Responsible Travelers

By Katie Diederichs, Ben Zweber
Packing the right gear can really help you reduce your waste and travel in a more eco-friendly way. When you have the option to choose between air and ground travel, the latter is always a better choice for the environment. If you’re traveling in a different region, a simple Google search of “[location] + clean up” should point you in the right direction. This is especially important if you’re traveling in an area where water is in short supply. Ethical travel gear brandsIn addition to packing specific items that will help you be a more responsible traveler, think about the brands you’re supporting with your purchases.
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26 Essential Travel Safety Tips You Need To Know

By Katie Diederichs
Research popular scamsWhile most scammers don’t necessarily put your safety in danger, it’s a good idea to try to avoid them so you don’t get ripped off. Know how to ask for helpAnother helpful thing to know is how to say “help me” in the local language. But in crowded places like markets, rallies and subways, wear your pack in front. And even if you don’t know where the heck you’re headed, act confident and fake it. If you don’t feel comfortable stopping and taking out your phone, it might be a good idea to walk into the nearest café.
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27 Adventurous Things to Do in Costa Rica

By Katie Diederichs, Guest Author
Costa Rica is actually a “sweet spot” when it comes to spotting humpback whales. They hang out in the waters near Costa Rica for a few months – from December to April – to breed and raise their young. The group of whales from the southern hemisphere makes its way to Costa Rica in mid-July and stay until the beginning of November. Try to line up your trip with the annual Whale and Dolphin Festival, where you’re almost guaranteed to spot a whale! Party on the beachIf you want to dance the night away on the beach with an Aguila in hand (the local beer), there’s a good chance you’ll find a good time in Tamarindo or Puerto Viejo.
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32 Creative Travel Photography Tips for Beginners

By Katie Diederichs
But the worst thing is when they come out blurry, blown out, or just not all that exciting to look at. If you want to learn how to take better pictures on your travels around the world, this article is packed with everything you need to improve your photography skills. Each place has taught me something different and has truly made me a better photographer. I'm far from perfect and I'm certainly still growing, but I want to share what I've learned along the way with you. Whether you’re a total beginner or you know your way around a camera, the practical tips and easy photography hacks in this article will show you how to take your travel pictures from average to amazing.
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35 Fun Things to Do in Cape Town, South Africa

By Amanda Pointer, Guest Author
Situated on South Africa’s southwest coast, Cape Town is unlike any other city in the world. With close proximity to vineyards, exciting hiking trails, and scenic drives, Cape Town attracts all types of travelers. Cape Town has been on our travel dream list for years, and each time we talk with people who’ve traveled to this South African city, it continues to rise higher on our list! Our editor, Amanda, has spent a few months living in Cape Town, and says it is her favorite city in the world. In addition to Amanda’s expertise, we’ve called upon our friends, Marie and Bill, who have also called South Africa home.
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4 Great Non-Touristy Places To Eat In Istanbul

By Anil Polat
Istanbul is a massive, sprawling city, whose area and population make it better to break the city down into its neighborhoods. Vegan IstanbulCanteen style lokanta are a good way to try various meat and vegetarian dishes. In Turkey however, borek is borek, and there are places dedicated to selling only borek. There are a few places to try cig kofte in Istanbul but although he’s no longer there, Orhan Usta is worth mentioning. A Few Other OptionsIn most cases eventually good places to eat in a city are found out by tourists.
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4 Things Frequent Travelers Need To Consider Before Getting A Cat

By Anil Polat
Many frequent travelers who want to have pets opt for cats over dogs, thinking that these animals are like dogs without the work. Consider A PairSince I’ve been talking about the difficulties of having a cat you might be wondering why on Earth I’m recommending getting two cats if you’re a frequent traveler. Cats don’t need exercise – It’s easy to assume that since they sleep up 13-17 hours a day (dogs sleep around 14) but your cat needs to release energy. In many ways having a dog is easier than a cat for most frequent travelers. It’s important not to get sucked into the thinking that cats don’t need as much attention or work as dogs and consider the responsibilities, especially if you travel frequently.
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4 Things to Do in Olympic National Park Washington

By Staff Writer
There are so many spots in Olympic National Park, that we didn’t get to explore as many as we would have liked in one road trip. Overview on Things to Do in Olympic National Park Washington:This is a 0.8-mile easy loop with 100 ft elevation gain. PinThis 18-mile hike takes you to Blue Glacier. This 0.8-mile hike takes you to Sol Duc Falls and several smaller ones along the way. Have you been to Olympic National Park?
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43 Absolute Best Things to Do in Chiang Mai

By Katie Diederichs, Amanda Pointer
We decided long ago that we will not knowingly contribute to attractions that exploit people or animals while traveling. We hope this information helps you formulate your own opinion about visiting some controversial sites on your travels. As with any controversial issue, research the subject, and formulate your own opinion so you can make a socially-responsible decision. Elephant TrekkingMany of the treks advertised in Chiang Mai include an elephant ride. Our advice would be to do a little research and decide where you stand on this topic.
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47 Money-Saving Tips for a Cheap Road Trip Across the USA

By Katie Diederichs, Ben Zweber
One time on a road trip in Iceland, we accidentally paid a $10 toll by taking a road that was 2 minutes faster than one with no toll. Get a cheap oil changeIf you’re on a long-term road trip and need to get an oil change on the road, try Jiffy Lube. They have 12 different locations across North America and come fully loaded with all the gear you need for an epic road trip. Don't buy rental car insuranceWhen you rent your car, don’t buy the car rental insurance. And some car insurances (that you already have for your car at home) cover rental car insurance too.
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5 Epic Day Trips from Reykjavik Iceland You Can’t Miss

By Staff Writer
5 EPIC DAY TRIPS FROM REYKJAVIK ICELAND YOU CAN’T MISSSpecial thanks to Lotus Car Rental for sponsoring this post. BARNAFOSS & HRAUNFOSSARDistance: 74 miles / 1 hr 30 minsThis day trip gets you to two waterfalls in one spot. THE GOLDEN CIRCLEDistance: 147 miles / 3 hrs 20 minsThis is the most popular day trip from Reykjavik. THE SOUTH COAST PART I: VIKDistance: 112 miles / 2 hrs 20 minsThe second most visited day trip area is the South Coast. Between Vik and Jokulsarlon, there is plenty more to see that’s worth another day trip out.
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56 coronavirus cases were linked to a Starbucks in South Korea. But employees who were wearing masks didn't get infected.

By Staff Writer
At least 56 coronavirus cases have been linked to a Starbucks in Paju, South Korea. None of the employees, who were wearing masks during their shifts, were infected. At least 56 coronavirus cases in South Korea have been linked to a Starbucks in Paju. Many customers were not wearing masks, and the poorly ventilated space likely contributed to the spread of the virus, local news reports said. But the four employees were not infected, and experts think it's because they were wearing masks during their shifts.
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8 Reasons Why You Should House Sit and How to Get Started

By Guest Author, Katie Diederichs
On longer-term house sits, I found some opportunities to volunteer in the community garden, attended sustainability workshops, and even got some odd jobs. Whatever hobbies you have, try and see if you can fulfill those in town or try out some new ones! *Bonus Reason to House Sit from Katie and Ben8. Being able to stay in a house gives you the time to have a little normalcy in your life. It's not healthy always moving from place to place.
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9 Absolutely Breathtaking Things to Do in Lake Como

By Staff Writer
We stopped by Lake Como on our way to Switzerland. 9 Best Things to Do in Lake ComoDuomo of Como – Like many other Italian cities, Como has a duomo, a cathedral with beautiful Gothic and Renaissance architecture. (Piazza del Duomo, 22100 Como CO, Italy, map) Funicular Ride to Brunate (Faro Voltiano Lighthouse) – take a funicular ride and then hike up the rest for the most breathtaking views of Lake Como. Bellagio – Visit the Enoteca Principessa winery Villa del Balbianello Varenna – a small town on Lake Como. Go Boating – enjoy the beautiful lake via boat.
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9 Amazing Things to Do in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

By Staff Writer
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park comprises of 12 out of the 48 mile-long canyon of the Gunnison River. The South Rim is the most established part of the park with plenty of pullouts and short hikes. 9 THINGS TO DO IN BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL PARK1. Pro Tip: The South Rim has easier hikes and the North Rim has longer and more strenuous hikes. The Gunnison River is the 5th steepest mountain descent river in North America.
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9 Amazing Things to Do in Rockefeller Center

By Staff Writer
9 AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN ROCKEFELLER CENTERIf you do only one thing at the Rockefeller Center, this would be our suggestion. Rockefeller Center TourWe haven’t done this one yet, but when we do we’ll write more about the experience. If you want to see a different side of the Rockefeller Center, then go on this tour to learn about the history and artwork scattered throughout the center. The Rink at Rockefeller Center (seasonal)If you’re visiting NYC during the winter, you can head to the rink at Rockefeller to watch people from above or lace up and ice skate. WHERE TO EAT + DRINK + SHOPThere are over 50 restaurants, cafes, and bars to choose from in the Rockefeller Center.
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9 Awesome Things to Do in Nashville Tennessee with Details

By Staff Writer
If you’re headed to Nashville (or thinking about moving there), here are some awesome things we think you should check out:9 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN NASHVILLE TENNESSEE1. The Parthenon in Centennial Park2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203Yes, we’re talking about the same Parthenon that’s in Athens, Greece. Belle Meade Plantation5025 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205This beautiful historic mansion is now a museum. Country Music Hall of Fame222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203Neither of us are huge fans of Country, but you can’t separate Nashville from Country Music. 18 Essential Nashville Nashville Restaurants10 Essential Nashville Coffee ShopsCheekwood Botanical GardensWalk around Vanderbilt University (if you like walking college campuses)Radnor LakeA special thanks to Logitech for making our weekend trip to Nashville possible.
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9 Easy Money Saving Tips in South Korea

By Katie Diederichs
This is imperative for saving money in Korea. You’ll likely have to shop at a big mart (Home Plus, e-Mart, or Lotte Mart) for some of your groceries and other necessities (ie. Korea has a big focus on locally grown produce, and typically you’ll only find what’s in season at the smaller marts. Sure, you can sell some of your bigger items when you leave Korea, but you likely won't get much money back. Don't purchase big items on the assumption that you'll get lots of money for them at the end of your contract.
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9 Epic Things to Do in Java, Indonesia + 1 Week Itinerary

By Katie Diederichs
With its abundance of smoothie bowls, cheap massages and a vibrant culture, it is certainly worth a spot on your Indonesia trip. Dotted with volcanoes, waterfalls and dense jungles, traveling around the island of Java, Indonesia is an adventure in itself. There are so many things to do in Java, foods to try, and cultural experiences to be had. That’s where we come in… [Enter your personal Java trip planners... aka us!] Java Indonesia at a glance
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9 Important Things to Consider Before Quitting Your 9-to-5 Job

By Katie Diederichs
Related: Check out this huge list of digital nomad jobs, packed full of advice from female nomads. There are many people out there sharing a glimpse into their digital nomad lifestyle and how they were able to make it work. Are you interested in living the digital nomad lifestyle? We have TONS of resources on working remotely and traveling as a digital nomad. Check out our Ultimate Digital Nomad Guide for all the answers to your most burning questions, or read some of our favorite articles below.
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9 memorable lockdown birthday ideas

By Emma Hughes, Wednesday November
Bring the bar home. Nio’s letterbox cocktails flat-pack the classics for UK-wide delivery, and you can build your own box of favourites (the Milano Torino is a refreshing choice). If you live in North London and are looking to support a local venture, try newly opened neighbourhood bar Crossroads: an innovative, zero-waste drinking den in Camden that has launched a lockdown delivery service (pictured) f, cycling cocktails across London. Try the Perfect Lady for a smooth blend of gin, olive leaf, nectarine and oolong or the Cairo for a fresh mix of vodka, sencha, melon and soda. Each bottle is 500ml (so makes around five cocktails).
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9 Things You Can’t Miss at Arches National Park

By Staff Writer
Arches National Park has over 2,000 natural stone arches and the world-famous Delicate Arch. 9 RAD THINGS TO DO IN ARCHES NATIONAL PARK1. Hike a TrailWhether you want to do a 15-minute stroll or a longer day hike, Arches is a great park for hiking. Join a Ranger-led ProgramRanger-led programs let get some unique insight into the park you’re exploring. Pro-Tips For Visiting Arches National ParkThe park can get really crowded during the summer.
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9 Unique Things to Do in Langkawi Malaysia

By Staff Writer
I want to take all my friends on a jet ski tour when we return to Malaysia next year. 9 UNIQUE THINGS TO DO IN LANGKAWI MALAYSIA1. Ride the Langkawi Cable CarEnjoy breathtaking rainforest and ocean views as you ride the gondola up to the summit. Pro tip: Bring a cheap pair of sunglasses to shield your eyes from the sun and the incoming waves. Hand feed animals and birds at the Langkawi Wildlife ParkThe small but highly interactive Langkawi Wildlife Park is among the top attractions for visitors with young children.
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A Country-Hopping Digital Nomad’s Tips

By Staff Writer
Traveling excites me daily and after my Remote Year ends I plan to continue globe-trotting as long as I can. It's my work bag, a beach bag, an airplane carry-on, a reusable grocery bag. #camels #saharadesert #morocco #remoteyear #tb A post shared by samschaible (@samschaible) on Apr 19, 2017 at 4:02pm PDTWhat’s your favorite travel hack? Carrying one small ziploc bag of spices has saved me time and money—not to mention my tastebuds. Longing for the sun in Lima #cloudsfordays #larcomar #lima #peru #remoteyear A post shared by samschaible (@samschaible) on May 31, 2017 at 1:49pm PDTWhat do you miss most when you travel?
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A Day in the Life: Living in a Campervan

By Katie Diederichs
“What’s it like living in a campervan? Is it all it’s cracked up to be?” We’ve been getting this question on repeat for the last couple months, so we decided to make a video that brings you along and shows you a day in the life living in a camper van. Plus, being that we do a lot of work online, we spend a lot of time in coffeeshops getting work done. But this should give you an idea of what some of our days look like while living in a campervan. Whether you are interested in RV life or are looking to do a campervan renovation yourself, this video can help you gauge if tiny living is for you!
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A Digital Nomad with 6 Years on the Road

By Staff Writer
I am still a freelancer, and my primary client at the moment is Bluffworks, a men’s travel clothing company. Yogo Ultralight Travel Yoga Mat and Manduka Yogitoes Towel: I have been practicing yoga for about 10 years now, and I did a yoga teacher training with my mom in India. Traveling all the time makes fitness routines hard, and yoga is one of the few things I can do basically anywhere. Between living + working abroad after college and my 3+ years of traveling + working remotely now, I’ve spent about 6 years out of the country and on the road. I wrote a book with a traveler friend of mine called The Digital Nomad Survival Guide that is aimed at giving people all the practical knowledge they’d need to travel while working remotely (or just generally helpful travel planning).
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A Guide to Microdosing Testosterone During Your Transition

By Vice Staff, Alyza Enriquez
In 2014, I began taking a low dose of hormones to achieve subtle masculinizing effects, a process that I call microdosing testosterone (or "T"). Microdosing testosterone means taking small doses of T to achieve less-than-maximal masculinizing effects over a prolonged period of time—in my case, three years and counting so far. Here are some very general guidelines for what physical changes you might experience when microdosing testosterone as an AFAB person. Gray, a gay, agender, Black transmasculine 30-year-old, said they struggled with anxiety prior to microdosing testosterone. What happens if I stop microdosing testosterone?
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A Jeep Driving Drifter’s Travel Tips

By Staff Writer
I prided myself knowing I could (probably) pack my entire life into the back of my Jeep Cherokee and set out for … anywhere. Travel by car and plane is common for work, and other various creative trips. My favorite place to travel is the next spot I haven't been to. The Mammut Seon line has something for everyone, and this is one of the best travel backpacks I've found. Don't overthink your camera gear – but if you don't pack it, you'll probably wish you did.
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A Map Of Wireless Passwords From Airports And Lounges Around The World (Updated Regularly)

By Anil Polat, Imtiaz Banday, Preston Brookes, Izy Berry, Bo F, Hardie Karges, David Wilson, Visan Alex, Leon D
The difficulty of getting online is why I asked you for and created an always-up-to-date list of airport wireless passwords around the world . Recently, reader Zach made a great suggestion that will make it easier for you to search, add, and keep up with this airport wireless password list. The Map Of Airport Wireless PasswordsBelow is a regularly updated map of all the airport wireless and lounge passwords you send and I come across on my travels. If you get any lounge passwords or for other access points, please leave a comment on this post or email me directly. Please don’t forget to send me any airport or lounge wireless passwords you come across from anywhere in the world!
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A Spicy Peanut Sauce You Can Use For Anything

By Staff
Unless you’re allergic to peanuts, I am pretty sure that you take a little peanut butter with you whatever kind of trip you’re on. Since peanut butter is such a common ingredient in the backcountry pantry, making a peanut sauce is an easy way to add flavor to any basic meal. The No Recipe way of making peanut sauce when you’re camping is just to throw in a little peanut butter and soy sauce into whatever dish you are preparing, then mix it in. In this recipe, the peanut sauce is used to douse a bowl of simple sautéed vegetables, but feel free to use it on whatever you want. Once you’ve sautéed the vegetables, you will need to put them aside while you prepare the peanut sauce.
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A Symphonic Journey: The Czech Republic’s Unofficial Anthem

By Staff Writer
Next, we hear a piece from the Czech Republic. Now, Romantic music championed both the causes of these people, and it did it with art and it did it with music. This piece is named for the most important river in the Czech Republic. And it also helped preserve the identity, the culture and the language of the Czech people amid those bigger neighbors. And at the same time, the music evokes the persistent and the heroic struggle of the Czech people.
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Airline workers have lower rates of COVID-19 than the general population — and airline CEOs say it's proof that flying is safe

By David Slotnick
Flight attendants and other airline workers have lower rates of COVID-19 than the general population, despite spending time in transit and in small, enclosed spaces. But some surprising data from airline workers show that is not the case. In fact, flight attendants and other airline workers have had a lower incidence of COVID-19 than the general population. All in all, the low rates among flight attendants and airline workers suggest that the combination of safety measures on board airplanes works. "The question is broader than just our sector in air travel," he added.
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Alaska Airlines strengthens face covering policy: No mask, no travel, no exceptions

By Staff Writer
Effective Aug. 7, all Alaska guests age 2 and older will be required to wear a cloth mask or face covering over their nose and mouth – with no exceptions . For guests who forget their mask, Alaska will have them available upon request, in addition to providing individual hand-sanitizer wipes on board. Flyers must sign-off on a health agreement at check-in to acknowledge and attest to their willingness to adhere to the mask requirement. Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK). SOURCE Alaska Airlines
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All Alone in the Alps: Hiking with the Cows High Above Gimmelwald, Switzerland

By Cameron Hewitt
Gimmelwald — that perfect alpine village, perched on a meadow-draped cliff facing a panoply of cut-glass peaks — is a sleepy time warp…most of the time. The cows’ owners hire cowhands to tend the herd for 100 days each summer in the high alps. Below my cow pie-scuffed shoes are the rooftops of an idyllic alpine village: Gimmelwald. Scanning the rooftops below me, I can see that this little village — normally sleepy — is a beehive of activity. Out on the front porch sits perhaps the only relaxed person in Gimmelwald: Tim, the Englishman who’s been Walter’s trusty right-hand-man for the last 20 years or so.
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“Always A Friday” Share Their Travel Tips

By Staff Writer
We're Nathan and Rebecca, a couple from the UK who love to Travel. Throughout all of this we've been blogging and vlogging every step of the way on our site Always a Friday, where we share our experiences, helpful tips and travel advice. That being said, travel to us is all about variety. But most importantly there's really only one big piece of advice we can give you, and that's to have fun! You can find Nathan and Rebecca on their YouTube Channel Always a Friday.
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An Endless Search For High Quality Tea

By Staff Writer
Working online allows me to have the freedom to travel and explore my passions, one of which is high quality Chinese tea. Tea Flask: I drink tea everyday and need to be able to prepare high quality loose leaf tea whenever I travel. It's fragile, but worth protecting on the road so I can always have good tea! High Quality Chinese Tea: A high quality Chinese tea! Sure, you wouldn't really be using this for real travel (good luck getting your cat in your carry on!)
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As Italy Reopens, Tour Guides Plead for More Aid, and Tourists

By Elisabetta Povoledo
ROME — A few dozen black-clothed tour guides and tour organizers twirled white umbrellas to the tune of “Singing in the Rain” outside the Pantheon, one of Rome’s greatest tourist attractions recently. The Pantheon, an ancient Roman temple, was among a wave of attractions across Italy that reopened this month after the coronavirus lockdown. In the days after some of the first lockdown restrictions were lifted, Italians relished the empty streets, rediscovering city monuments and museums that they would normally avoid because of long lines. But even as travel restrictions are lifted throughout Europe, reluctance to travel outside national borders remains high. Forecasts for the number of airplane reservations to Italy suggest drops of 95.2 percent in June, 82.4 percent in July and 76.4 percent in August, compared to the same periods last year, according to Italy’s national tourism agency, ENIT.
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Asian Financial Hubs Hong Kong and Singapore Announce 'Travel Bubble'

By Heather Chen
Singapore and Hong Kong have announced a two-way "air travel bubble" that will allow passengers to skip quarantine after arriving, boosting hopes for Asian countries eager to restart international tourism after months of crippling coronavirus restrictions. Under the agreement, set to be launched as early as November, tourists from the two Asian financial hubs will have to test negative for the coronavirus. "Singapore and Hong Kong are regional aviation hubs and both governments have recognized that we successfully controlled [our] epidemics and incident rates remain low," transport minister Ong Ye Kung, who has frequently stressed the importance of travel, told local reporters Thursday. The first European travel bubble involving Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania ended after new quarantine rules were announced, though it is still possible to move between many European countries as long as rules are observed. In almost all of Asia, however, only domestic tourism and work travel has resumed.
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Asking Demonstrators Why They Attended The Million MAGA March

By Anil Polat
The Million MAGA “Make America Great Again” March didn’t draw a million people to Washington D.C. but it did bring with it thousands who show the divide in the United States. Compared to the widespread party D.C. turned into after the election was called for Joe Biden, MAGA marchers were a demonstration of the ideological contrast in the nation. I walked through the crowds, asking why people were attending the MAGA March – you can hear their replies in the video above. It’s worth noting the demonstrators were more diverse than I expected, defiant, and as the evening wore on some turned to violence. A significant percentage of whom believe were it not for an election conspiracy Trump would have won a second term.
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Beat the Crowds: How to Avoid Long Lines in Europe

By Cameron Hewitt
It’s more important than ever to be smart and strategic to avoid long lines. No matter where you travel, a few overarching strategies can help you avoid lines and minimize crowds. All of those sad, wretched people you see standing in long, long lines at major sights? At most major sights, crowds peak from just after opening time until around lunchtime, and then crowds gradually taper off until late afternoon. If you’re heading to any of “The Big Three” — London, Paris, Rome — stay tuned to my blog this summer.
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Best Campervan Rental in New Zealand: Everything You Need to Know

By Katie Diederichs
Without a doubt, the renting a campervan in New Zealand is the best way to travel around this country (or “hire a campervan” as the Kiwis would say). Choosing the best campervan can be tricky. And truthfully the best campervan company for us may not be the best for you. So let’s start by going over the factors you should consider before you start looking at companies. [“Katie and Ben, I already know what I’m looking for and just want to see the best campervan rental companies…” Great!
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Best Things to Do in Burbank California – A Tour of Burbank Filming Locations

By Staff Writer
Besides being home to giant studios like Warner Bros. Studios & The Walt Disney Company, there are plenty of film locations that you can visit on your own. There were even a few places we had been to and never realized that they were filming locations. Media District is where the Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros studios are. is where the Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros studios are. MAP OF BURBANK FILMING LOCATIONSPRO TIPS FOR FIRST TIME VISITORSBook your hotel directly from Visit Burbank and receive a $50 gift card just for booking!
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Best Things to Do in Yellowstone National Park + Tips for Your Visit

By Staff Writer
Yellowstone is a massive park, so if you can stay in the park, it will save you time that you would otherwise be spending just getting in and out. Some of the lodges and reservable campgrounds are filled up a year in advance during the busiest times of the year. If you’re visiting in the winter, only Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel are open. Most are open from late Spring to Fall, with the exceptions of Mammoth Campground that is open year round. If you’re looking for full hook-ups, Fishing Bridge RV Park is the only site that offers that.
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Best Time to Visit the Philippines: When to Go & When to Avoid

By Amanda Pointer, Katie Diederichs
The Philippines has plenty of tropical islands with white sand beaches. Planning a trip here can be a bit confusing when trying to figure out when the best time to visit the Philippines is. There are two distinct seasons in the Philippines, the rainy season and the dry season. This may sound pretty straight forward… you want to visit the Philippines during the dry season right?? So this begs the question…What time of year is best to visit the Philippines?
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Best Travel Camera: How to Choose in 2020

By Staff Writer
At a basic level, a DSLR is a camera body with a lens attached—just like a mirrorless camera. We’ve used all Canon lenses as an example. DSLR camera bodies range from entry-level camera bodies to professional level. The images are sharp and I love the perspective.”—Frances Beatty, Professional Wedding PhotographerIf you’re sporting a Nikon camera, consider the D lenses. Kelly Moore The Kate Canvas Camera Bag Kelly Moore makes camera purses and bags that don’t look like your average camera bag.
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Best Way To Get A Taxi In Istanbul, Turkey

By Anil Polat
Finding a taxi in Istanbul, Turkey, isn’t difficult but just hailing any cab off the street is a risky move if you don’t want to get ripped off. Istanbul taxi drivers don’t have the best reputation and since Uber is virtually non-existent in the city, here’s how to make sure you get where you need to go without overpaying. Use The Right App For The CityFree for Android and iOS, BiTaksi works similar to ride sharing apps you may be familiar with but is exclusive to registered taxis. You’ll want to set up BiTaksi before arriving in Turkey because the app requires a phone number for verification. After setup, you can then use BiTaksi to call a cab in Istanbul or Ankara, like you would using Lyft or Uber.
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Black Bean Soup with Fried Tortilla Strips

By Fresh Off The Grid
There are two ways to go about this recipe depending on what kind of trip you’re planning on. If you’re on a shorter trip or one where weight isn’t an issue, you can opt for refried black beans as the base of the soup. Using refried black beans gives it a nice, creamy consistency. If, however, every bit of extra weight counts, dehydrated black bean flakes will do the trick. When you make this recipe, you can add or decrease the amount of water depending on what consistency of soup you want.
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Blending Passion and Work In Guatemala

By Staff Writer
I love to constantly be learning, whether it's learning a new language, learning the history of a country, or even learning a new activity, like paragliding for the first time ever over Lake Atitlán. I'm a little biased because I've lived here for over a year now and it feels like a second home, but Guatemala is truly one of the most incredible places I've been to, especially Lake Atitlán. Just a few steps from my house, I see three volcanos sitting on a beautiful lake in the middle of Guatemala. And it wouldn't be Guatemala without the Maya people who I am privileged to work with every day. I know I'm not the first person to think of this, but something that can translate any language to your first language.
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Blending Work & Travel with Tara Lilly

By Staff Writer
Home is in the mountains, but I spend about half of the year traveling the world capturing weddings and elopements. I used to worry that at some point I would have to give up traveling in pursuit of a career. We quickly realized how easy it was to work remotely through Skype consultations, fast wifi at libraries and some creative time management techniques. That leaves me enough space to carry all of my clothing and personal items to travel for for a month at a time. I try to keep my travel plans as loose as possible and leave room for spontaneous changes, or lengthier stays in the places I love.
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Bo Ismono on Backpacks, Gear & Travel

By Staff Writer
What's your favorite travel bag? You can actually cram it in every single space—it is top-loading so doing that isn't so easy but it is a really good bag. Someone from Instagram asked – What was the most difficult review that you've done on a piece of gear or bag? I felt kind of sorry for that because they had so many other products that were really good but there was just too much going on. So I was arguing with myself if I should invest the time in reviewing a bag that isn't that good or drop it and go with a bag that is really good.
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Can My Smartphone Replace A Dedicated Camera When Traveling?

By Anil Polat, Mikael, Always Fly Business
There are some clear advantages to traveling with only a phone as your camera but a smartphone can’t do everything most dedicated cameras can, which for you, might not matter. Low Light – Smaller sensors and apertures aren’t as limiting when you’ve got more light. Far Away Stuff – More distance between a camera and what it’s shooting gives light particles more space to scatter. Video – All of the above, even more light, light, light. Your smartphone can replace a larger camera completely, depending on what you want to get from your travel photos.
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Can a Vaccine for Covid-19 Be Developed in Record Time?

By Staff Writer
And yet the oft-cited target for creating a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, is 12 months, 18 at the outside. Peggy Hamburg: So with Covid-19, we are moving at record speed, in terms of the history of vaccine development. But what is the track record so far of a real human vaccine for a real human disease using these genetic techniques? Several vaccines are also in clinical trials in China, including Sinovac’s inactivated-virus vaccine and another vaccine based on a human common-cold virus. For rapid deployment of a vaccine after clinical efficacy is shown, large-scale manufacturing of multiple vaccine candidates has to begin before there is demonstration of vaccine efficacy.
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Can You Trust foXnoMad?

By Anil Polat, Kim Kinrade
I’m occasionally accused of being paid to say things about a place or product you read about on this site, see on the foXnoMad YouTube channel, or hear about on the foXnoMad Podcast. So, I want to share how I run things across all the places you find foXnoMad content so you can make an informed decision to the question: can you trust foXnoMad? That’s the core mission with each piece of content across all the foXnoMad mediums: video, audio, written, or otherwise – to help you travel smarter in some way. Believing the best way to achieve this goal is by being objective, these are the guidelines I’ve setup for all the foXnoMad things. Can You Trust foXnoMad?
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Capturing Unique Views Around the World

By Staff Writer
It's nice to see a range of faces and body language, you never know what they are going through in their day to day life while you are on vacation. Field Notes Pad:An essential for remembering what film I'm shooting in my camera at a given location and time. It makes a great daypack with plenty of room for camera gear and it's water resistant. Are there any pieces of gear or travel technology you wish existed that don’t? What's the weirdest piece of travel gear you've seen?
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Carmel Garden Inn, Carmel – Updated 2020 Prices

By Staff Writer
To keep the rating score and review content relevant for your upcoming trip, we archive reviews older than 36 months. Only a customer who has booked through Booking.com and stayed at the property in question can write a review. Reviews VisionWe believe review contributions and property responses will highlight a wide range of opinions and experiences, which is critical in helping guests make informed decisions about where to stay. We'll use the same guidelines and standards for all user-generated content, and for the property responses to that content. Booking.com property partners should not post on behalf of guests or offer incentives in exchange for reviews.
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Carmel River Inn, Carmel – Updated 2020 Prices

By Staff Writer
To keep the rating score and review content relevant for your upcoming trip, we archive reviews older than 36 months. Only a customer who has booked through Booking.com and stayed at the property in question can write a review. Reviews VisionWe believe review contributions and property responses will highlight a wide range of opinions and experiences, which is critical in helping guests make informed decisions about where to stay. We'll use the same guidelines and standards for all user-generated content, and for the property responses to that content. Booking.com property partners should not post on behalf of guests or offer incentives in exchange for reviews.
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Celeb-Endorsed Cha Cha Matcha Chain Under Fire for Allegations of Problematic Workplace Behavior

By Luke Fortney, Jul
“Black Lives Matter is a people’s movement,” according to an NYC-based former manager who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal from Cha Cha Matcha’s owners. Sandelman and Morton, 27 and 28, debuted the first location of Cha Cha Matcha on Soho’s Broome Street in 2016. Cha Cha Matcha is not the first company to be accused of emphasizing applicants’ physical appearances during hiring processes. At Cha Cha Matcha, the company’s alleged obsession with image to the detriment of employee well-being went beyond staffing, though. Under the new program, participants in the loyalty program could still receive free drinks and food from Cha Cha Matcha stores, but limits were placed on the sizes of their orders.
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Chewton Glen, Hampshire hotel review

By Issy Von Simson, Monday August, In Partnership With, The Great House Barbados
AdvertisementThe kitchen outdoor food at Chewton GlenAnything to say about the service? A 20-minute stroll through the hotel gardens, down into the woods and alongside a babbling brook pops you out onto Highcliffe beach. There is no risk in coming to stay somewhere like Chewton Glen. Address: Chewton Glen, Christchurch Road, New Milton, Hampshire BH25 6QSTelephone: +44 (0) 1425 275341Website: chewtonglen.comPrice: Doubles from £325Read next The Falcon, Northamptonshire: a new country retreat that's just 90 minutes from London Places To Stay The Falcon, Northamptonshire: a new country retreat that's just 90 minutes from LondonLike this? Now read:The 15 best spas in the UKThe 14 best spas in the UK Spa Breaks The 14 best spas in the UKThe Stafford: a grand country-house hotel in central LondonAdvertisementThe Stafford: a grand country-house hotel in central London Places To Stay The Stafford: a grand country-house hotel in central LondonHope Cove House, Devon hotel review
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Claude Monet’s Garden at Giverny

By Staff Writer
Mid-way between Rouen and Paris — about an hour’s drive away — is Giverny. Claude Monet, the father of the Impressionist movement, spent his last 40 years here finding inspiration in these gardens. The colors of his cottage garden are like his brushstrokes — they seem untamed and slap-dash, but are part of a carefully composed mosaic. Museums in Paris bloom with Monet’s garden paintings. The true subject is not really the lilies, but the changing reflections on the surface of the pond.
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Comporta: Portugal's best secret beach spot

By Issy Von Simson, Friday November, In Partnership With, Spanish Tourist Board
AdvertisementHerdade da Comporta in PortugalThe name Comporta, roughly translated, means a gate that holds back water, a lock. Regulars will tell you that the best way to experience Comporta is to rent a house. The Herdade da Comporta has rigorous planning restrictions on what can and can't be built within its jurisdiction. Then there's the Beach Villa (from £2,660 per week), all slatted wood and smooth stone, a curving deck and panoramic rooftop pool. At Praia da Comporta, Comporta Café and Restaurante Ilha do Arroz stand guard.
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Consumer Online Profile And Opt-Out

By Staff Writer
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Coronavirus ‘corridor trains’ running nonstop to avoid international infection

By Staff Writer
While Europe reopens its frontiers, some trains have been running without stopping through foreign territory because of fears about infection. As a result, the trains were required to run nonstop on a 14-hour journey through European Union territory. They have now temporarily stopped altogether because Belarus, which they also passed through, has blocked the trains from its international lines. Other “corridor trains” remain in active service across Europe. The Europe by Rail team also point out that the UK is the starting point for one of the oddest “corridor trains”.
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COVID Delayed the First Federal Execution of a Woman in 70 Years

By Staff Writer
Lisa Montgomery, a woman whose life has been marred by years of sexual abuse and mental illness, has been serving a life sentence in federal prison since murdering a pregnant woman more than 15 years ago. Now, the only obstacle preventing her from becoming the first woman executed by the U.S. government in 70 years is her lawyers’ COVID diagnosis. In August, the Department of Justice denied Montgomery’s first appeal for clemency and set her execution date for December 8, an unprecedented amount of time. She’s the only woman placed on federal death row ever since. Montgomery was set to be the eighth person executed by the federal government since Attorney General William Barr and the Trump administration reinstated the use of the federal death penalty last July.
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Croatia and Czech Republic Planning a Corona Corridor

By Cecilia Garland, Cecilia.Garland Tourism-Review.Com
Some have already taken note, such as Croatia and the Czech Republic. Croatia is looking to expand this plan to as many countries with health security as possible, and the Czech Republic would extend it to Slovakia. The Czech Republic has also had a good number of negotiations. In 2019, tourism revenues in Croatia reached 10.5 billion euros from international receipts and 1.5 billion from domestic tourism. In doing so, “all countries could be prepared to control all aspects of the tourism industry recovery, including the worst affected countries in Europe,” he said.
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CupofTJ: Solo Female Vlogger Travel Tips

By Staff Writer
Tell us a bit about yourselfHi I'm TJ! Vinta S-Series Camera Backpack: This is my absolute favorite travel bag. What's your favorite travel hack? I've seen somewhere a type of travel heels where you can take off the heels so they become flats? Editor's Note: TJ is talking about brands like Mime Et Moi.
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Daily Dose of Europe: Appreciating Milano

By Rick Steves
Even though we’re not visiting Europe right now, I believe a daily dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. My new book is called “For the Love of Europe” — and this story is just one of its 100 travel tales. By the time the Renaissance hit, Leonardo had moved here and the city was called “the New Athens.”Milan’s cathedral, the city’s centerpiece, is the third-largest church in Europe. This story appears in my newest book, For the Love of Europe — collecting 100 of my favorite memories from a lifetime of European travel. You can also find a clip related to this story at Rick Steves Classroom Europe; just search for Milan.
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D’oh! A Deer: Taking Two “Sound of Music” Tours Back-to-Back

By Cameron Hewitt
The thing is, I only have to deal with the Von Trapp clan twice a year — and at that rate, they’re harmless and quaint. But if you’re a tour guide in Salzburg, you have no choice: The Sound of Music is your entire life. Our Rick Steves guidebook recommends two Salzburg-based Sound of Music tours: one with a big bus, and the other with a minibus. And it’s only one-third of the movie Von Trapp family house. But even so, people gobble up the stories of the youngest Von Trapp falling out the wrong side of the canoe and being rescued by Liesl.
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E.U. Formalizes Reopening, Barring Travelers From U.S.

By Matina Stevis-Gridneff
BRUSSELS — The European Union will open its borders to visitors from 15 countries as of Wednesday, but not to travelers from the United States, Brazil or Russia, putting into effect a complex policy that has sought to balance health concerns with politics, diplomacy and the desperate need for tourism revenue. The list of nations that European Union countries have approved includes Australia, Canada and New Zealand, while travelers from China will be permitted if China reciprocates. The plan was drawn up based on health criteria, and European Union officials went to great lengths to appear apolitical in their choices, but the decision to leave the United States off the list — lumping travelers from there in with those from Brazil and Russia — was a high-profile rebuke of the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. Travelers’ country of residence, not their nationality, will be the determining factor for their ability to travel to countries in the European Union, officials said, and while the policy will not be legally binding, all 27 member nations will be under pressure to comply. If not, they risk having their European peers close borders within the bloc, which would set back efforts to restart the free travel-and-trade zone that is fundamental to the club’s economic survival.
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Easter’s Holy Saturday, a Uniquely Greek Orthodox Celebration

By Staff Writer
Holy Saturday is the day Christ’s body lay in the tomb while his followers mourned. But in the Orthodox Christian world — like here in Greece — Holy Saturday is a celebration of what Jesus’ soul accomplished on that day. That’s why Greeks call this Saturday the “First Resurrection.”Worshippers venerate an icon of Jesus pulling Adam and Eve out of the fires of hell. Much happier and more animated now, he tosses dried flower petals — representing the broken chains of hell — over all gathered. The feast continues into the wee hours of Easter Sunday with lots of meat and eggs, and no shortage of Easter bread.
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Easy Money Teaching English Online with VIPKID

By Katie Diederichs
You can make up to $22 per hour with VIPKID, but how much money you earn will depend on several factors. Example: Ben makes $8.50 per 25-minute class ($17 per hour) because he has prior English teaching experience as well as a TEFL certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Finished Class Bonus: If you teach more than 45 lessons per month (22.5 hours/month), you’ll earn an additional $1 for each class. If they end up signing up for VIPKid after your class, you will earn a $5 USD bonus. Opening Slots: If you open a certain amount of teaching slots (especially PPT “Peak Peak Times”) in a week you’ll get an extra bonus.
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Easy to Make Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

By Jen Sotolongo - Messkit Maven
Like this one for overnight oats. I eat overnight oats on a daily basis. The combination of raw cacao powder and peanut butter creates a creamy texture so these chocolate peanut butter overnight oats taste like dessert for breakfast. Either way, it’s the chocolate and the peanut butter who are the stars of the show here. This recipe is like waking up to a chocolate peanut butter pie, so basically, you’re eating dessert for breakfast, only it’s pretty healthy.
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Edinburgh’s Cathedral and John Knox

By Staff Writer
Look into the eyes of John Knox's statue and think of the Reformation struggles of the 16th century. Knox, the great reformer and founder of austere Scottish Presbyterianism, first preached here in 1559. Thanks partly to Knox, it was Scottish minds that led the way in math, science, engineering and medicine. Rick: Excuse me, sir, do you know where John Knox is buried? Man: Yes…By the way, John Knox, Scotland's great reformer, is buried just out back — with appropriate austerity.
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Elizabeth Olsen's favourite places in the world

By Francesca Babb, Tuesday November
That’s been our breathing space, to be able to leave LA, which sometimes feels a bit suffocating.’Sonoma Getty ImagesWhere in the world have you felt happiest? I did a really strange deep-dive into how an American could legally live in the UK and I saw that there’s a retirement visa once you reach 54. I feel as if British people work to live – they don’t live to work, unlike in LA and New York. Even given the current circumstances, it will be a nice trip.’AdvertisementBoboli Gardens in Florence Getty ImagesWhich is your favourite city? Now read:The Crown's Emma Corrin on her favourite places in the worldThe Crown's Emma Corrin on her favourite places in the world Inspiration The Crown's Emma Corrin on her favourite places in the worldSam Claflin on his favourite places in the worldAdvertisementSam Claflin on his favourite places in the world Style & Culture Sam Claflin on his favourite places in the worldOur expert travel insiders share their favourite places in the world
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Empowering Change & Embracing New Cultures

By Staff Writer
When you know a place like the back of your own hand, that at one point was completely foreign and new, it can be so empowering. What are your “Trusty Three” travel items? Protein Bars: As a vegetarian, I have to be super conscious of the protein I'm getting while traveling. What's your favorite travel hack? I always try to learn at least a few words in the language of the place I'm visiting, but feel like so much is lost when I can only communicate in English.
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Escape Routes Podcast: Tulum, Mexico

By Melinda Stevens, Monday November, In Partnership With, Turquoise Holidays
The boho town’s star appeal changes with its traveller tides – the fashion crowd, foodies, yogis – but its slow-moving beauty always remains a little stellar. From the beach (‘a great beach by any standard. Turquoise Holidays knows all the out-of-this-world hits along the Riviera Maya, including Tulum – find out more at turquoiseholidays.co.uk. Its specialists know destinations inside out, so whether you’re planning a sensational honeymoon or a please-everyone family gathering, Turquoise Holidays will craft your own unforgettable travel story. For more details, visit turquoiseholidays.co.uk or call +44 1494 678400.
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Escape Routes: the Condé Nast Traveller podcast

By Condé Nast Traveller, Thursday November, Turquoise Holidays, In Partnership With
Escape Routes Podcast: Tulum, Mexico Podcast Escape Routes Podcast: Tulum, MexicoAdvertisementEditor-in-chief Melinda Stevens on the endless appeal of Tulum, Mexico’s slow-living beach town filled with yogis, hippies, the fashion set and foodies. Escape Routes Podcast: The Gili Islands Podcast Escape Routes Podcast: The Gili IslandsRead next The best ski resorts in Europe Inspiration The best ski resorts in EuropeContributing editor Antonia Quirke on Indonesia’s Gili Islands and their empty shores that draw in a beachy crowd with their sun-soaked charm. Escape Routes Podcast: Sri Lanka Podcast Escape Routes Podcast: Sri LankaAdvertisementFeatures director Fiona Kerr on Sri Lanka, the Indian Ocean island that is continually shifting and changing after decades of unrest, with the surfer south undergoing a contemporary update. Escape Routes Podcast: Lagos, Nigeria Podcast Escape Routes Podcast: Lagos, NigeriaAuthor Noo Saro-Wiwa on Nigeria, the country of her birth, where she spent four-and-a-half-months writing Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria. Read next A road trip through Jura, France's tiniest wine region Inspiration A road trip through Jura, France's tiniest wine regionEscape Routes Podcast: Comporta, Portugal Podcast Escape Routes Podcast: Comporta, PortugalAdvertisementUK editor Issy von Simson on Comporta, Portugal’s lovely, low-key beach town.
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Europe’s 10 Best Markets

By Cameron Hewitt
This is a mix of old-school covered markets, trendier food halls, and sprawling, open-air markets that take over an entire neighborhood or town. Mercato Centrale, Florence, ItalyFor years, I’d peek tentatively inside this cavernous market hall in the center of Florence, which felt dark and foreboding. Ballarò Market, PalermoThe Sicilian capital has some of the best, most vivid street markets in all of Europe. For a more traditional “market hall,” it’s hard to beat London’s famous Borough Market. Locals pour in from the countryside to browse the stalls, reconnect with their favorite vendors, and bump into old friends.
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Europe’s Patchwork Reopening

By Paige Mcclanahan
Spain, one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe, is waiting until July to lift most of its travel restrictions. That list hasn’t been finalized, Mr. Muñiz said in an interview, but it will probably include most European nations, and could be expanded to a select group of countries from outside the region. (The country’s land borders with neighboring France and Portugal are due to reopen on June 22.) He added that Spain has asked the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for specific guidance on how the country should draw up its list. “When you talk to epidemiologists, what they tell you is that if you have these two containers with equivalent amount of Covid risk, it’s almost irrelevant if there are transfers of movement of people from one place to the other,” said Mr. Muñiz.
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EVERGOODS Civic Panel Loader 28L Review (CPL28 V2)

By Staff Writer
Full ReviewIf you take the EVERGOODS Civic Panel Loader 24L (V1) (or CPL24 V1 for short), upgrade some features and add 4L extra liters of storage, you get the bag we’re reviewing today: the EVERGOODS Civic Panel Loader 28L (CPL28 V2). Editor’s Note: You can also check out our comparison video of the CPL24 (V1) versus the CPL42 (V2). Materials & AestheticThis bag doesn’t have much going on externally, and its simplicity is either something you’ll find refreshing or underwhelming. This way, the material doesn’t pull away and cause the bag to look misshapen; rather, the CPL28 retains its structure. Above this is a smaller zippered pocket where we’ve just been keeping a pair of Felix Gray Nash Glasses inside their case.
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Everything You Need to Know About Riding Cappadocia Hot Air Balloons in Turkey

By Staff Writer
Last month we spent a week in Turkey, and the highlight of the trip was easily the Cappadocia hot air balloon ride. Not only do you see amazing landscapes and historic spots, but the weather is perfect for hot air ballooning. Many people I’ve talked to mentioned they’d be too scared to go up in a hot air balloon. The heat from the hot air balloon helps balance out the cold, but I wouldn’t say it was warm. Have you been in a hot air balloon or would you try it?
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Exhibiting less crowding and more rules

By Felicity Long
Museums that have opened in Vienna include the Albertina, the Leopold Museum and the KHM Museum of Fine Arts. In Brussels, a number of museums also opened in mid-May, according to Patrick Bontinck, CEO of Visit Brussels. Visitors must wear masks and observe social distancing, and to reinforce the standards, the museum website offers cartoons explaining the new rules. In Denmark, museums reopened June 8 with similar measures, and Norway's Munch Museum will reopen in Oslo on June 15, with limited capacity. Meanwhile, some smaller French museums and cultural venues already reopened, including the Giacometti Institute, which reopened May 15, with online advance ticket purchase required.
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Experience Tuscany: Have a “Zero-Kilometer” Meal on a Farm

By Cameron Hewitt
To fully — and deliciously — grasp this concept, make a point to visit a Tuscan farm, get to know the farmer…and then sit down for a zero-kilometer meal. Extra virgin olive oil is at its very best the moment it’s pressed. In Tuscany, you use fresh olive oil for salad dressings, finishing dishes, and other situations where you really want to taste the oil. And after about a year — a year and a half, tops — you simply throw out any unused olive oil. (If this seems draconian to you, make a point to taste fresh olive oil and year-old olive oil during your time in Tuscany.
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Experience Tuscany: Lick Artisanal Gelato

By Cameron Hewitt
Amazing gelato abounds in Italy — and Tuscany is no exception. Enjoying all these little tastes, I ask Nicola what led him to the gelato business. Nicola makes his gelato from scratch each morning, which means it’s not available until around noon. I’ve blogged about Italian gelato before, including advice for how to find the best gelato anywhere, and — for a laugh — a surreal tale of when I became embroiled in a dispute between one small town’s gelato artists. Our new Best of Tuscany in 12 Days Tour — which begins in 2020 — incorporates many vivid experiences in Italy’s heartland…including many, many opportunities to sample Italy’s finest edible art, gelato.
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Falling In Love With New Countries

By Staff Writer
Anyway, I have fallen in love with everywhere I have been and want to return to all of the 40+ countries I have lived. Discovering dry versions of products literally sent me to giddy, euphoric, bliss, and I laughed with joy for days. I would love to be able to pick up my lessons wherever I go. I wish there were travel sized versions of all of them and I could take them with me everywhere I go. I know they take up a lot of space, but I love giving people thank you cards.
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Fascism in Spain, Franco’s Dictatorship, and Picasso’s "Guernica"

By Staff Writer
Germany was booming, and building up its massive military — blatantly breaking the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I. Representing this reactionary faction, a military strongman, General Francisco Franco, invaded Spain from Spanish Morocco. Like Mussolini and Hitler, Franco vowed a return to order and to restore Spanish power and national pride. It was here that the world first witnessed the terrible power of the fascist state — a prelude to World War II. Picasso's painting put a human face on the horror of war, and threw a stark light on the brutality of Franco and Hitler.
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From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon National Park and Route 66

By Staff Writer
Enjoy a day tour from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and a drive on Route 66 in a deluxe motorcoach. On your way to the South Rim, make your first stop at the Lake Mead Overlook to enjoy spectacular views of this unique desert lake and landscape, created by the construction of Hoover Dam. Travel through the Mojave Desert, cross over the Hoover Dam via the famous Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, and along iconic Route 66. Desert plants and animals change to scenery and wildlife from the Colorado Rockies, with 100-foot tall pines, giant elk, and mule deer. Once you arrive in Grand Canyon National Park, you’ll have 3 hours to explore the deepest and widest part of the canyon at the South Rim.
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From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon National Park & Helicopter Tour

By Staff Writer
Depart from Las Vegas and set off for the widest and deepest part of the Grand Canyon - the South Rim. After this, arrive at the Grand Canyon Airport in the National Park where you will be checked in for your 45-minute helicopter tour. Enjoy a thrilling scenic flight as you observe the canyons, fault lines, and towering rock formations that are otherwise missed by many of the visitors to the South Rim. Take an 80-mile loop circuit that crosses the Colorado River in 2 locations and flies along the North Rim of Grand Canyon before returning to Grand Canyon Airport. At the end of your experience, after approximately 3.5-hours in Grand Canyon National Park, return to Las Vegas.
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Gear Brands Making Reusable Face Masks

By Staff Writer
Protective Face Masks You Can Check OutAt the start of the year, you probably never thought about buying a face mask. This sudden demand has meant a lot of companies have turned their efforts towards making reusable face masks, and we’re not just talking fashion retailers either. So we’ve put together this list (in no particular order) of brands making reusable face masks that you can check out. Hyperlite Mountain GearCheck out the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Face Mask. Stay Healthy & SafeSo there you have it—several gear brands currently making reusable, protective face masks.
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Globe Trotting As A Couple

By Staff Writer
Tell us a bit about yourselfWe are Julie and Zach Ruhl, a couple who fell in love with traveling when we fell in love with each other. Fanny Pack: Everyone feels awesome in a fanny pack. Maybe the better question is what can't you bring in a fanny pack? One of us is always rocking a fanny pack on our travels. We are both coffee fiends, but we are cost-cutters while traveling, and we love hiking early mornings.
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Good To-Go Chef Jennifer Scism Dishes on Camp Food—With Bonus Kebab Recipe

By Justin Housman
A few years ago, somebody stashed a couple bags of Good To-Go meals in my backpack at Outdoor Retailer. We talked about what actually goes into healthier dehydrated meals and how one goes from slinging plates to stocking hiker’s shelves. What prompted you to try to fill the void with healthier, good food dehydrated meals? Before starting Good To-Go, I had been working as a chef for 20 years and created my own unique recipes. Is there a meal you wish you could make as a dehydrated meal but just can’t?
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Granada: Alhambra, Islamic Moors, and Reconquista

By Staff Writer
The story of Granada is all about the Islamic Moors. Granada's dominant sight is the Alhambra, the last and greatest Moorish palace. After the re-conquest, Charles built this Renaissance palace incongruously right in the middle of the Alhambra grounds. In fact, reliefs show the eventual forced conversion of Granada's Moors shortly after the Reconquista. For a time near the end of its Moorish period, Granada was the grandest city in all of Spain.
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Guide to Thor's Well Cape Perpetua Scenic Area Oregon Coast

By Staff Writer
If you’re a photographer, you most likely want to get the dramatic look of the water coming in and out so you will want to visit during high tide. During our visit, we arrived an hour before high tide and the water would burst out sporadically. The shots that we wanted actually happened at high tide when the water was consistently overflowing. If you want to shoot, I suggest arriving an hour to and hour and half before high tide. For those of you who want to just watch the drama, come close to high tide and you can see it from the viewpoints!
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Haarlem, Frans Hals, and a Grand Pipe Organ

By Staff Writer
Just down the street, Haarlem’s top museum features the work of its most famous son: the great portrait artist Frans Hals. Here, in a room full of his masterpieces, we get a good taste of Protestant Dutch art. Dutch society was a merchant society, and now artists worked for a new kind of customer…Merchants. Haarlem’s Grote Kerk, or “great church,” towers over the market square as if to bless all the business that takes place below. Haarlem’s towering organ has been giving worship here an inspirational soundtrack since 1738.
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Hey, I’m in Europe!

By Cameron Hewitt
After a particularly grueling flight connection from Seattle to Sorrento, it’s great to be back in Europe. Getting here is a tedious chore of jet lag and culture shock. By the time I checked into by B&B in Sorrento, around 5 p.m., I was ready for it: my “Hey, I’m in Europe!” moment. Italians were out — promenading, licking gelato, convulsing with conversational gestures, and gently nudging motorinos between confused tourists on a “pedestrian-only” street. Hiking back up to my hotel (and a well-earned good night’s sleep), I snapped a twilight photo of one of the thousand scenes that keeps me enduring that jet lag, trip after trip.
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High in the Mountains with Tina’s Dad

By Cameron Hewitt
After all — this is Tina’s dad we’re talking about. Ten years ago, I was in Slovenia researching and writing the first edition of our Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia guidebook. When it came time to film our TV show on Slovenia, Rick agreed that it would be interesting to our American viewers to see this multigenerational household. For years, Tina’s been telling me, “One of these visits, you have to make some extra time so my dad can take you up to Velika Planina, a pasture high in the mountains. Exploring Slovenia’s mountains, sampling strange dairy products, and learning about this gentle but impressive people is always a memorable experience…but especially when Tina’s dad is behind the wheel.
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HIKING in PATAGONIA – The Ultimate Guide to the Best Treks – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

By Started Travelling In, So Far Reaching The Trails Of The Upper Mustang, Nepal, Scaled Mount Ollivier, New Zealand, First Ascent Of Sir Edmund Hillary, Got Hot Chilli In My Eye In Vietnam, Chased A Pack Of Wild Monkeys In Singapore, Stupidly Climbed The Eiffel Tower, France In Shorts
Just the thought of hiking in Torres Del Paine National Park sends shivers down my spine. Also it’s necessary to know that weather in Patagonia is so varied and can change at any time, which can very quickly alter your Patagonia hiking trip. Hiking In Torres del Paine National ParkWhen it come to hiking in Patagonia, no trip would be complete without spending at least a few days in Torres del Paine National Park, the crown jewel of Chile. If you are after a really magical experience spend the night in the park and start hiking up in the dark. You can pre-order food in some of the refugios in Torres del Paine, but that’s about it.
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Honoring One Woman’s Love of Travel

By Rick Steves
We had a fun tradition of tucking a few euros aside with the promise that they would lead to our next tour! While I still have the travel lust and watch your shows religiously, without my travel partner, Nancy, and with the years going by, we don’t have plans to return to Europe. But we really like the idea of somehow seeing these leftover euros in our future trip kitty return and be enjoyed. ), I will buy beer for every one of those young travelers until those 255 euros is gone. And with each round, we’ll drink to Nancy and her family, knowing she is smiling down on us from an even more wonderful high-altitude perch.
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How a Climate Corps Could Put Youth to Work in Greening America

By Daniel Munczek Edelman
But with so many competing proposals, what should a modern-day Civilian Climate Corps look like? Most Climate Corps proposals focus on employing young people from places that have suffered environmental injustice. And, as with existing AmeriCorps programs, Climate Corps projects could be selected through applications from nonprofits and various levels of government. Climate Corps jobs should be focused on maintenance and restoration programs that address these needs. A new Climate Corps could lead in restoring our economy and natural environment.
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How Apple’s Trade In Program Works

By Anil Polat
Apple’s Trade In program lets send back all but the oldest iPhones, Macbooks, and other devices for credit toward something new. How It WorksApple’s Trade In program gives you the option to send in an old Apple device (or select phones from other manufacturers) for credit toward a new one. Straight Store CreditOtherwise, simply using the trade in program (without a new purchase) will apply Apple store credit to your account. And if your old Apple product is too old for any store credit, Apple has a free recycling program. Otherwise, Apple’s Trade In program streamlines the process, is fast, and consistent with pricing.
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How did face masks divide America?

By Adam Taylor, Foreign Reporter Who Writes About A Variety Of Subjects
Some Republican lawmakers have mocked the practice of wearing masks, while local rules requiring masks have been rescinded in some locations following a backlash. ADThe U-turn regarding masks and the subsequent political divide over them has come to symbolize the chaos of the U.S. response to the still-raging pandemic. In many Asian countries, surgical masks were socially acceptable long before the coronavirus pandemic, partly as a result of experience in past pandemics, like SARS in 2003. The divide over masks in the United States cannot be blamed on the president’s vanity alone, however. ADOther factors include the United States’ decentralized political system, as well as Americans’ focus on protecting individual liberty.
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How Much Does Everest Base Camp Trek Cost?

By Katie Diederichs
Money-Saving Product: Baby wipesHere's a secret: We didn’t shower for the full 16 days on the trek. And while you're in Thamel, purchase more toilet paper than you think you'll need. Tip: Thamel is a also great place to purchase supplies and cold weather gear that you can’t bring from home at reasonable prices. Money Saving Tip: Trekking Independently will save you money. Doing the EBC trek without a Guide, Porter or tour group was a huge cost saver for us.
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How Much Does Iceland Travel Cost: Budget Breakdown for 1 Week

By Katie Diederichs
We spent about twice as much per day in Iceland as we did on average anywhere else on our travels. But there certainly are ways to save money and make it an affordable destination, even if your budget is small. First things first... How are we able to keep track of all our expenses and stick to our budget? It was created by travelers for travelers to monitor your travel budget. We're hooked and know that we wouldn't be able to stick to such a small budget without this app.
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How this Swiss fashion brand is helping to save our mountains

By Charlotte Davey, Monday November, In Partnership With, The Thinking Traveller, Turquoise Holidays
This year the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation was established as part of the brand’s commitment to help mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. The Bally Peak Outlook capsule collectionIn addition to the organised clean-ups, Bally launched a capsule collection of 37 sustainably made activewear pieces. How did you become involved with the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation? We just returned from Mount Cho Oyu, Mount Makalu, Mount Lhotse, and Mount Everest.' Do so by shopping the collection below, with 100 per cent of proceeds going towards the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation's future expeditions and initiatives worldwide.
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How to Actually, Effectively Quarantine, According to an Expert

By Gyan Yankovich
To clear things up, VICE spoke with an infectious disease specialist who answered, in detail, all your loophole, nitpicky quarantine questions. Quarantine, by definition, is separating a possibly exposed person from everyone else, so they don’t inadvertently get others sick. But as our understanding of COVID-19 improves, along with testing capacity, it’s possible that you can feel safe about a slightly shorter quarantine. Chin-Hong said a proper quarantine means no going to the grocery store, drugstore, nearby park, walk-up neighborhood bar, etc. Fourteen days is the CDC-determined period of time for COVID-19 quarantine because it’s the long end of the average range of infection.
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How to Balance Health and Travel

By Staff Writer
I run a company called Woke Media that creates impactful content for brands in the travel, fitness, and fashion industry. Are there any pieces of gear or travel technology you wish existed that don’t? Smaller hard drives! If they could make a smaller (reliable) version of the LaCie hard drives, life would be great. What's the weirdest piece of travel gear you've seen?
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How to Become a Digital Nomad: A Step-by-Step Guide

By Katie Diederichs, Amanda Pointer
In this step-by-step guide were sharing exactly how to become a digital nomad, including everything you need to know to make that dream a reality. This guide to becoming a digital nomad will walk you through all the essential things to know about this lifestyle (ahem, like how much money to save up before you quit your current job!). You might be asking yourself right now:What is a digital nomad? A digital nomad is someone whose job is location-independent, allowing them to live and work wherever they want. You can be pretty much anywhere in the world, so long as there is a decent Internet connection!
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How To Choose the Best Dive School in Koh Tao

By Katie Diederichs
), there are more reasons to choose Koh Tao to get your SCUBA schooling on! How do I choose a dive school in Koh Tao? We know the struggle of choosing a dive school in Koh Tao. Below we’ve listed 6 points to consider that will help you choose the best dive school for you. We highly recommend this school, but realize that every person has their own needs and you might prefer a different dive school.
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How to Drive in Sicily: Just Go Numb

By Cameron Hewitt
I recently spent three weeks driving 800 miles around Sicily (working on our new Rick Steves Sicily guidebook, available now). I’ve got it: “Terrifying.”The trick to driving in Sicily is keeping in mind that you are driving in Sicily. But, like with other things in Sicily, if you just sort of go numb and roll with it…you’ll be just fine. If you’re ready to tackle the Sicilian roads, our Sicily guidebook is available now. In other blog posts, I wrote about my top 10 tips for visiting Sicily, Palermo’s amazing street food scene, and the challenge of driving in Sicily.
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How To Earn An Income Remotely

By Staff Writer
In June 2015 I took a leap of faith and booked a one-way ticket to Prague without a job in hopes to become a digital nomad. A few weeks later I landed a job and have been working remotely while traveling the world ever since. I first started doing online marketing then eventually launched a blog, The Remote Nomad, and then an immersive program, WiFly Nomads, that helps people learn how to earn an income remotely and pursue the digital nomad lifestyle. It's an incredible feeling and that's why I'm on a mission to help as many people become digital nomads as possible. As a digital nomad you're always on your phone, whether it's checking email, taking photos/videos of your travels, navigating, etc.
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How To Eat Like A Local – With Chasing A Plate

By Staff Writer
Tell us a bit about yourselfWe are Thomas & Sheena, two New Zealanders who travel full time in search of the best local food. We run a YouTube channel and website called Chasing a Plate in which we share with our audience via video, the written word, and photographs a country's unique food culture. We spend a lot of time in Asia because of the excitement of the street food culture found in places like Malaysia, South Korea, India, and Indonesia. We love this type of local food experience and it's what we try to capture on video to share with our audience. When you eat local dishes and go where the locals eat you’re exposed to new language, customs, and a different way of life.
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How to Embrace Change & Find Balance When Traveling

By Staff Writer
Tell us a bit about yourselfSome years ago I decided to fully embrace the phrase, “The only thing that will ever be constant is change.” Yes, it’s an annoying expression. I was go, go, GO for about a year and a half, traveling somewhere new almost every month. When I’m traveling at my best, I gather and document details: stories, perspectives, bits of history unique to each place. Having this wellness kit has helped me find my center while changing time zones, climates, traveling by all means of transport and lacking sleep. What's your favorite travel hack?
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How to Go Crabbing on the Oregon Coast – Everything You Need to Know

By Staff Writer
We stopped by Kelly’s Brighton Marina in Nehalem Bay but ended up getting stormy weather. Even with that, Kelly showed us the basics of crabbing and we threw a couple of pots off the dock. They were flying out later the next day, but we decided to wake at the crack of dawn and drive out to Nehalem Bay. It was an unplanned part of their Portland trip, but they said it ended up being the highlight. We got out on the water and after lots of laughs, some pinches, and pulling up pots, we got a keeper!
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How to Look Your Best While Traveling

By Katie Diederichs
It has miniature versions of my favorite products and drugstore carry-on bottles for products that aren't made in travel size. What beauty products are always packed in your bag? Glossier's Priming Moisturizer, it's the best new product I've tried in the last two years, I tell everyone about it. It makes skin look so young and dewy. It's the perfect hint of flattering berry-hued color, it makes me look alive but effortless.
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How to Make Camp Bread While Actually Camping

By Staff Writer
Think about being able to say to your camping counterparts, “Do you want freshly baked bread tonight?”This will certainly win you points. ADVERTISEMENTFlatbread is one of the easiest “gourmet” ideas you can make on a camping trip. Don’t carry a measuring cup with you when you’re camping? You can easily double, triple, or even quadruple this batch depending on how many flatbreads you are going to want to make on your camping trip. Camp Notes is a big high five to the fun of sleeping outdoors and all that comes along with it.
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How to Save $22,000 in One Year Teaching English in South Korea

By Katie Diederichs
How can you save $22,000 teaching in Korea too? Okay, here we go...How much will you earn teaching English in Korea? Salary: 2,400,000 won per month ($2,143 USD*)Your English teacher salary, as with many things in Korea, depends on many things. Further breakdown:Previous Teaching Experience: If you have 2 or more years teaching experience, your starting salary will be 2,500,000 won per month. Multiple Schools: Most of the EPIK English teachers we know taught at more than one school.
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How to Save Money for Travel: 20 Simple Money-Saving Tips

By Katie Diederichs
This is how you'll hold yourself accountable to your savings goal. You can have some of these things, yes. Put it in perspectiveWhen considering any new purchase, I typically put in perspective of how much this amount would affect my savings goal. If going to the gym makes you happy and feel healthier, it’s a good use of your money. It’s good practice to review where your money is going and consider whether you still feel like it’s worthwhile.
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How to Shower While Living in a Campervan

By Katie Diederichs
Where do we shower while living in a campervanThere are tons of places to shower when you are on the road, you just have to know where to look. While living in in our campervan, we would typically shower at various national and state park campsites. There are plenty of other places to shower in different towns, like a public pool bathrooms, fitness centers, or guesthouses. With a wide variety of places to shower, we would typically shower every 2-3 days. Products highlighted in the videoThere are many products that made our lives easier while living in the campervan.
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How to Start a Successful Travel Blog: Step-by-Step Guide (+ Free Course)

By Katie Diederichs
You’ll see nearly every blogger recommending WordPress, and it is a great choice. We are making more than $14,000 a month on our Squarespace website and outranking thousands of WordPress sites, after all. b) Get an SSL Certificate (HTTPS)When you decide on a hosting site, make sure it includes a SSL (secure socket layers) certificate too. After hearing so many bloggers we trust recommending “Host B”, we assumed it was a good choice for a provider. Host Advice is a good website to start with, as it compares all the host providers out there based on real customer reviews.
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How To Stay Inspired While Traveling

By Staff Writer
Tell us a bit about yourselfStaying inspired and energized is essential to my job, and equally essential to my well-being. Well, the place I have spent the most time is a small island called Koh Phangan in the gulf of Thailand. I can’t say it necessarily directly inspired me, but rather allowed me the space to find inspiration within myself. Manduka SuperLite Travel Yoga Mat:For how small this mat is it really makes all the difference. Not just for a travel mat but for any yoga mat its no slip feature is amazing and even when attending a yoga class I will now bring this mat to place on top of the ones provided, its just that good.
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How to Survive Winter in New York + How to Dress for New York Winter

By Staff Writer
We’ve been to Patagonia in the winter and Iceland in February, yet NYC feels even colder. When I started looking into the weather itself, though, the numbers don’t make sense. I loved reading this NYT article about a native Icelander describing the cold in New York. It’s one thing knowing you’ll be really cold for a few days, but when those days turn into weeks and months, then those chills in your bones never seem to disappear. For whatever reason, the buildings have created wind tunnels that blow the cold air straight through you.
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How to Travel for a Living and Running a Travel Blog

By Staff Writer
For many years, we didn’t have a separate space to work and live. You will have to meet with your clients and will spend more time in front of your computer than you think. Some folks like to go to co-working spaces or set up a separate room as an office space. My favorite way to separate out work and life is use our climbing gym as our personal space. It’s something we still continue to struggle with, but day by day we have been getting better.
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How To Travel Slow as a Photographer

By Staff Writer
I prefer slow travel and really settling in to new places whenever I can. I’m a self-proclaimed minimalist and I don’t generally buy travel gear that isn’t multifunctional and also useful in everyday life. Cuyana Travel Wallet: I’m going to sound like a Cuyana advertisement, but hey, if you find a brand you love (and I love their ethics and philosophy too!) I love, love my Cuyana travel wallet. Another hack (that really applies to my life and travel) is that I stick to neutral colored, multi functional pieces.
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How to Travel the Galápagos Islands on a Budget

By Katie Diederichs
Rethink the cruiseThe absolute cheapest way to explore the Galápagos is by basing yourself on land. Another way of seeing the islands is on a cruise. Though I don’t have personal experience with seeing the islands this way, we met both travelers who had great experiences and terrible ones. Remember that you can see everything you would on a boat, by basing yourself on the islands and taking day trips to sea. If you are on a cruise, you’re stuck.
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How To Wash A Backpack & Other Gear Cleaning Tips

By Staff Writer
So, in this post, we’re covering how to wash a backpack and cleaning instructions that we find helpful for those other frequently-used pieces of gear (down jackets, shoes, laptops, and phones). Important Note: These cleaning tips are things we’ve found to work for us and should work for most gear. Soak the backpack in lukewarm water with a small amount of mild soap (a little soap goes a long way). Simply rinse it with clean water until there are no more bubbles on the bag, It may take a few cycles. Keep It CleanSo there you have it—how to wash a backpack and some cleaning tips we find useful to maintain our frequently-used gear.
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How To Workout When You Can’t Get To A Gym

By Staff Writer
So, in this post, we’re covering how to motivate yourself to create and stick to a workout plan when you can’t get to a gym. Finding fitness motivation without a regularly-scheduled workout class or gym is a tough obstacle to overcome. Not only will this person help you stay on track of your fitness goals, but you can send each other hilarious workout memes, uplifting workout songs, and cookie recipes to reward yourself when the workout is over. How to Workout When You’re Stuck InsideAlright, let’s say the above tips have you salivating for your next workout. You can also book a hotel with a gym or an Airbnb apartment inside a condominium with a gym.
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How We Made $14,179 in 1 Month On Our Travel Blog: Income Report March 2019

By Katie Diederichs, Guest Author
So in a way, this income report is an answer to all those people who have asked. We’ve found income reports incredibly helpful as we’ve grown our blog to what it is today. We can only hope that this income report is valuable to other aspiring bloggers out there. This road to earning a full-time income on our blog hasn’t been an easy one. So I guess in a way, pressing “publish” on this income report is a big milestone for us.
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How We Made $16,389 in One Month (while Island Hopping!): Income Report April 2019

By Katie Diederichs
We have nearly 30 affiliate programs we work with (just added a few new ones this month!). Here are our top-earning affiliates in the month of April (in no particular order):LOOKING FORWARDWe added a few new affiliate programs during the month of April, so we’re excited to see how they do. But for us, they’re just kind of meh...We’ve actually had the best luck working with smaller affiliate programs. In our income report last month, we predicted our advertising income would be lower in the month of April, and we were right. LOOKING FORWARDFor the month of May, we are expecting our advertising income to stay the same, or even decrease slightly.
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How we made $17,811 in 1 Month on our Travel Blog: June 2019 Income Report

By Ben Zweber, Katie Diederichs
Our Goals for next MonthWe release these income report late in the month, because we have wait for our affiliates to report their numbers. Next month goals: Like I said, we’ll be pretty go-go-go in the month of August, so hopefully we can make time to:Finish reading another book (I’ll finish my first one!) A change for our Income ReportsWe really hope you have enjoyed these monthly income reports and have learned a little more about travel blogging. The travel industry tends to be quite seasonal, so it is a better representation of our traffic and income to report on it seasonally. If you want to be updated when we release a new income report, please sign up for your Blogging Tips email list.
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How we made $18,065 in 1 Month on our Travel Blog: May 2019 Income Report

By Ben Zweber, Katie Diederichs
BONUS: Free Stuff: $5,181 valueWe NEVER include free travel or products in our income because even though it’s a nice bonus, it doesn’t pay the bills, honey. FREE* TRAVEL: $5,181 for two peopleOur Nepal press trip could technically be considered free travel, so we’re including the estimated value in this section. They might have nice meals and stay at a nice hotel and have an overall good time, but it’s still a work trip. Now, I think travel blogging press trips are probably way more fun than the work trip I just described, but it. MONTHLY COSTS:New Monthly Cost: This month, we joined Impact Travel Alliance, a media network for conscious travel bloggers.
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How We Made $63,750 in 3 Months: Q3 Travel Blog Income Report

By Ben Zweber, Katie Diederichs
Q3 Affiliates: $44,113.68Have you heard of Affiliate Marketing? As we enter the fall season, not as many people will be traveling and therefore a dip in affiliate income is expected. However, we have updated quite a few of our old articles, and now they are optimized not only for SEO, but also with affiliate partnerships in mind. However, in the meantime, we prefer to focus our efforts on affiliate partnerships as they are more long-term and a bit more hands-off. Q3 Travel Expenses: $6,878.34We know that travel expenses are how travel bloggers are able to create content, so in a way, they are an essential expense.
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How We Made $74,367 in Quarter 4: Travel Blog Income Report

By Ben Zweber, Katie Diederichs, Amanda Pointer
We work with a lot of affiliate programs, but some that did well for us in Q4 were:LOOKING FORWARDIn Q4, we had our best quarter ever for affiliate income! For 2020 Q1, we project that affiliate income will stay about the same for the most part as we are in peak season for a lot of our content. Q4 Advertising: $21,288.27“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”When it comes to advertising, Q4 is what bloggers wait all year for. We tend to work extra hard for these partnerships and over-deliver, so it was nice to take a break from them for a quarter. However, in the meantime, we prefer to focus our efforts on affiliate partnerships as they are more long-term and a bit more hands-off.
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Hyderabad Just Got a Cab Service for Pets and Stray Animals

By Pratika Yashaswi, Elizabeth Ballou
It’s been a weird year for the world at large but for our pets, it’s kinda been a mixed bag. Two animal activists in the south Indian city of Hyderabad recognised this issue, and came up with a pet cab service to address it. Every time we’ve wanted to take a rescued animal to the vet, the auto rickshaw drivers have charged us extra money.”The new cab service, though, is definitely a pricey option. We often advise customers on what and when to feed their pets before travelling.” After each ride, the taxi is disinfected. This isn’t the first time a cab service for animals has been launched—a service in Kolkata allows the same 24/7 while a Mumbai-based taxi service even does outstation pick-ups and drops.
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I've Recorded My Drug Use in an Excel Sheet for Nine Years

By Vice Staff, Lisa Lotens, Mike Power
I’m certain of this fact, because I’ve taken note of every single time I’ve done drugs since that first experience. I took it so seriously that I’d text myself in the middle of the night to remember what I’d taken. Initially, I wrote them down in a notebook, but as my drug use became more frequent I moved the data to an Excel file. Using my data, I can confirm I’ve taken ecstasy 81 times in my life, MDMA 74 times, ketamine 45 times and 3-MMC (or metaphedrone) seven times. On average, I’ve done drugs every 14-and-a-half days since I started tracking my use.
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I’m an ER doctor. Here’s what I feel OK doing as my state reopens.

By Amita Sudhir
Each of us will decide, with a certain degree of arbitrariness, what we consider safe and important. That would clearly just not be safe right now. People have done integrated strategies to mitigate their risk of COVID even as they march and kneel in the streets. So I will also ask myself, will this activity allow me to tread lightly upon the earth, and if it doesn’t, do I really need to do it? I still don’t really know, and that uncertainty is something we will have to learn to live with too.
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In Canada's 'Hippie Town,' COVID Has Led to an Influx of Vanlifers and 'CERB Surfers'

By Staff Writer
Tofino has long been known as Canada’s surf capital and “original hippie town,” drawing transient individuals that reject conventional ways of living since the highway to the town was paved in the 1970s. But after only a few months, he went back to Vancouver due to limited job opportunities. Knowing how difficult it was to find housing in the small town of 2,000, he decided to live out of the back of his van. “I’ve moved eight times, and I’ve been here for eight years,” said Bush, who’s now employed at a surf shop in Tofino. For years, it was common for people travelling through Tofino to sleep overnight in their vans.
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In Europe, Travel Returns, but Not Confidence About What Comes Next

By Marc Santora
LONDON — Europe’s internal borders, closed three months ago in a frenzy of panicked uncertainty, are opening again. The uncertainty remains even if the sense of panic has eased. France, Germany and Switzerland were among the nations that lifted restrictions on Monday for all arrivals from nations in the European Union or the border-free Schengen zone. They joined Italy, Belgium and other countries in trying to move to a new phase in the struggle to balance public health imperatives, economic realities and shifting public attitudes. To help people navigate rules that vary from nation to nation, the European Commission launched “Re-open EU,” a site dedicated to information on travel to and within European countries, including quarantine requirements and tourist facilities.
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In Praise of the Vanishing Ice Dragons

By Olivier Dangles
A few centuries after the extinction of dragons, glaciers will also have disappeared, exterminated by humans and the harmful consequences of their lifestyles. Black iceOn a physical level, glaciers (like dragons) are huge living, mobile masses, often covered in seracs, big blocks of broken ice shaped like scales. In many regions around the world, the extinction of glaciers has accelerated because of the darkening of the ice. Due to its lessened reflective powers compared to bare ice and its increased absorption of solar energy, the darkening of the ice accelerates the melting of glaciers. Although dragons still occupy a key place in our cultures despite their disappearance, what will the physical, ecological and spiritual consequences of a life without ice be?
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In Rome, You Can Never Get a Taxi When It Rains

By Cameron Hewitt
“In Rome, when it rains, it becomes very hard to get a taxi.” Apologetic shrug. “Well,” he says, “It seems that we may not be able to get you a taxi.” Big shrug. In Rome, it rains — on average — something like 70 days every year. “Well, there is a taxi stand. The taxi stand has but one taxi.
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Is It Safe to Fly During the Coronavirus? One Traveler’s Risk Assessment

By Cameron Hewitt
Leading up to the trip, I thought long and hard about whether air travel was advisable with a deadly pandemic still raging. Considering the high air filtration standards, the biggest risk in commercial air travel seems to be the people in your immediate vicinity. I find it helpful to consider these decisions in terms of “risk budgeting.” This begins with the idea that risk isn’t a binary condition. The goal is to have a finite sense of how much risk you’re willing to take, overall, and then “spend” that risk thoughtfully. Before making any of these decisions, each person ought to make an honest and realistic assessment of their own risk.
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Italy’s Cinque Terre Villages and Traditions

By Staff Writer
Giuseppe: Yes, yes. The dry-stone-masons of the Cinque Terre are famed for their skill at artfully building and preserving the trails and terraces. Monica: Exactly, exactly. Italy’s Cinque Terre is an irresistible mix of nature, culture, and human activity — well-worn locals, sunburned travelers, and inviting family-friendly piazzas. While the Cinque Terre now endures the storms of the modern world, the region’s charms are as endearing as its people are resilient.
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Italy’s Padova: City of Galileo, Learning and Faith

By Staff Writer
Like the rest of the Veneto, Padova was ruled by Venice from the 15th century until Napoleon came — at about 1800. Four hundred years ago, the great scientist Galileo — notorious for disagreeing with the Church’s views on science — enjoyed that academic freedom. With 60,000 students, Padova’s university is always lively, and you’re likely to stumble onto some kind of spirited school event. The main drag leads to one of the most important pilgrimage churches in all of Europe: the Basilica of St. Anthony. For nearly 800 years pilgrims have flocked here to venerate the tomb of St. Anthony of Padova.
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It’s Market Day in Sarlat

By Cameron Hewitt
Twice a week, the normally traffic-free lanes of Sarlat are clogged with a human traffic jam of shoppers. Wednesday and Saturday are the town’s market days. As the day dawns, Sarlat’s sun-baked streets are jammed with tables, each one a cornucopia overflowing with Dordogne Valley products. Shoppers disperse — instantly filling up the town’s many al fresco café tables — while merchants crate up unsold goods for tomorrow’s market in Domme. They’ll all be back in Sarlat on Saturday — just like they have been, twice a week, for decades.
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Jams Are Fun: A Rough Day on the North Sea

By Cameron Hewitt
I wrote this a few years back, while working on our Northern European Cruise Ports guidebook, somewhere in the churning North Sea. As I write this, my cruise ship is rocking violently to and fro. In a bit of delicious serendipity, the afternoon’s scheduled entertainment was — I am not making this up — a troupe of Chinese acrobats. Wise move, Chinese acrobats. And if I’m lucky, maybe they’ll reschedule those Chinese acrobats.
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Jams Are Fun: Making the Most of a Bad Situation

By Cameron Hewitt
As we head into a long, dark winter, I find myself thinking about my travel motto: “Jams Are Fun.” That means making the most of a bad situation, rolling with the unexpected, and finding humor, joy, and meaning in the chaos. But now more than ever, it’s important to stay the course, stay positive, and try to find the fun in the jams. I’ve been collecting my own “Jams Are Fun” travel stories for the last few years on my blog. And in the Comments, share your own favorite “Jams Are Fun” stories. What are some of your favorite “Jams Are Fun” memories?
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Jams are Fun: Speed Traps and Bribes in Republika Srpska

By Cameron Hewitt
After two fascinating days road-tripping through Bosnia with my buddy Ben, we were on our way out of Republika Srpska, within sight of the Croatian border. Leaving the little town of Vrbaška, the country road entered a sparsely populated area, and the car ahead of me slowed way down. Finally came the answer: “We can pay fine for you later today. And who would later be blogging to the whole world about just how corrupt the police force is in Vrbaška, Republika Srpska, Bosnia-Herzegovina, postal code 78400. When it comes to getting out of a jam, 50 euros is a hefty price to pay.
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Jono Lee: Advice on Gear & Travel Apps

By Staff Writer
Today, I'm still on the road and working on Wanderprep.com, a to-the-point travel resource because I realized how friction filled traveling was (not unlike Pack Hacker!). Are there any pieces of gear or travel technology you wish existed that don’t? That would be my #1 thing I wish they made a good travel version of. Those tiny pieces of rolly luggage Europeans are often seen using (they're like 60% the size of a typical carry on luggage). You can keep up with Jono and his travel advice on Wanderprep.com
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Las Vegas to Death Valley: The Ultimate Day Trip Guide

By Guest Author, Katie Diederichs
Spring is easily the best time of year to visit Death Valley because you will see wildflowers blooming throughout the area. For some reason, summer is an extremely popular time for foreigners to visit Death Valley. Top 5 Death Valley Hikes (and lookouts!) I’ve rounded up my top 5 Death Valley hikes, including where to find them and how long each hike should take. If you’re making the trip from Las Vegas to Death Valley and you only have 1 day to spend here, you should be able to fit all 5 hikes in one day (if you are ambitious!).
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Learning From Turning All Year

By Emily Halnon
ADVERTISEMENT“We have permits!” I yelled back, shuffling my muddy ski boot off the snow and onto a pile of sun-warmed rocks. The rain-or-shine challenge of Turns All Year beckons us to stop looking for that silver platter of fun and powder days and to go outside anyway. It was July 1 and we were skiing on a mountain covered more with sunburned rock than fields of snow. There are years when the local ski resorts can only open for a few days because the snowpack is so dismal. The rain-or-shine challenge of Turns All Year beckons us to stop looking for that silver platter of fun and powder days and to go outside anyway.
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Leonardo da Vinci in Milan: "The Last Supper"

By Staff Writer
500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci contributed to the city's reputation for design and aesthetics. Leonardo was the epitome of a Renaissance genius — that means he was well-rounded: he was a painter and sculptor. This statue celebrates the many ways Leonardo contributed to the city of Milan during the years he lived here. The church was bombed in World War II, but — miraculously, it seemed — the wall holding The Last Supper remained standing. Leonardo even painted as if the light from the real windows hit the fresco from the side.
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Lessons Learned from 4 Months with 1 Pack

By Staff Writer
Project-based work has allowed me to take some time earlier this year to travel through Europe for four months with a small pack, a trip which renewed my love for minimalism. The cool thing I've learned about moving from place to place a lot is that most of the gear out there you really don't need. Rather than think up new stuff I could add to my pack I've been realizing how much more you can do with a little less stuff. For me, travel has been about learning what I don't need, rather than coming up with things that I do. I usually bring a Canadian flag with me – I've pulled it out on climbing expeditions as well as at concerts.
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Life with covid-19 requires smart thinking about how our risks accumulate - The Washington Post

By Leana S. Wen, Contributing Columnist Focusing On Public Health, Health Policy, Contributing Columnist
It’s the same with a coronavirus budget. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined specific criteria for who is at highest risk for worse outcomes from covid-19. The same applies for the coronavirus budget: What activities are essential? Where you live is the single most important determinant of how much more you can fit into your coronavirus budget. The concept of the coronavirus budget works at the community level, too.
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Lily of the Valley, St Tropez - spa review

By Rosalyn Wikeley, Wednesday August, In Partnership With, The Great House Barbados
Yet, despite similarities with fellow five stars, Lily of the Valley has its own vibe, occupying a sweet spot between serious Swiss clinic and spa-as-afterthought Mediterranean retreat. Light pierces through small windows under the pool to illuminate the spa below, where star masseur Gilles Szafirko uses Ayurvedic energy-healing techniques. AdvertisementThree holistic programmes – weight loss, sport and detox – mix bespoke nutrition plans, fitness classes and cutting-edge treatments such as cell-regenerating Indiba. Read next Why The Great House in Barbados is the island destination you need to know about The Great House Barbados Why The Great House in Barbados is the island destination you need to know aboutBOOK IT Healing Holidays offers a four-night Ultra Weight Loss programme from £2,949 per person, full board, including flights and transfers (healingholidays.com). Lily of the Valley hotel reviewLily of the Valley hotel review Places To Stay Lily of the Valley hotel review9 ways the world's best spas and wellness destinations are adapting to life after lockdownAdvertisement9 ways the world's best spas and wellness destinations are adapting to life after lockdown Inspiration 9 ways the world's best spas and wellness destinations are adapting to life after lockdownThe best spas in the world
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Lincoln City, Oregon Coast ▸ Local Adventurer

By Staff Writer
During our trip down the entire Oregon Coast, we were looking for all the best photography spots and we heard from several locals that their favorite was the Drift Creek Falls Hike. Drift Creek Falls HikeDistance: 3.0 MilesElevation Gain: 490 FeetDifficulty: ModerateFoot Traffic: CrowdedTrailhead Coordinates: 44.9355562,-123.8557009This was our #20th waterfall out of the 250+ waterfalls in Oregon. SEE MORE PHOTOS FROM THE DRIFT CREEK FALLS HIKE[wds id=”2″]DIRECTIONSThe trail is straightforward besides one fork. WHAT TO PACKOUTFIT (HERS)Sharmbaa // Airism Racerback // Hiking Pants // Hiking Boots // Floppy HatDidn’t bring a Rainjacket, but I would recommend it. Pin Pin PinPin
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Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand: Ultimate Digital Nomad Guide

By Katie Diederichs, Ben Zweber
Tourist Visa: Single Entry or Multiple EntrySingle Entry: For some nationalities, you can apply for an 60-day tourist visa in your home country (or another country outside of Thailand). Multiple Entry: This is a confusing visa and honestly we recommend the more straightforward single entry visa. You will need to go through the Visa Run process (below) and when you reenter Thailand, you will be granted a new tourist visa. In this case, you will get a Visa Exemption entry stamp or a Thai Visa on Arrival (depending on your nationality). More information on making a border run to Myanmar from Chiang Mai.
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Living Life out of One Bag (Remote Year)

By Staff Writer
Tell us a bit about yourselfI'm a 24-year-old Portuguese guy who doesn't know what to do with life. Everything started when I applied to Remote Year and got accepted – still with no idea what remote working was. Hurley Men's Dri-Fit Chino: They can be used as casual shorts, gym shorts and swimming shorts! Raqpak Microfiber Travel Towel: One of my best investments. Tiago has a great post about everything he's taken with him during a year of travel with Remote Year.
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London's National Gallery and Tower of London

By Staff Writer
And, overlooking it, is the National Gallery, with London's greatest collection of European paintings. The National Gallery lets you tour the sweeping story of European art without ever crossing the Channel. The Tower of London goes back to the Norman Conquest. This original tower — the White Tower — gave the castle complex its name. The tower marks the oldest part of London — a district called “The City.” Today this is the financial center of Britain.
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Make Money Travel Blogging and Get Paid to Travel (we’ll show you how!)

By Katie Diederichs
If you have dreams of getting paid to travel the world, you’ve probably already considered travel blogging. But you might also be wondering exactly how much money travel bloggers earn…Simply put, you can make a LOT of money blogging. Let me repeat: You should NOT travel blog if you want to make money fast. However, if you are serious about blogging and are driven to earn money, you can be mega-successful. Other Ways Travel Bloggers Earn Money:Public Speaking, Consulting, Leading Group Trips… the list goes on.
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Making Music While Living Nomadic with Becca Liebert

By Staff Writer
Throughout the months and years of travel, I’ve kept up with a photo-blog called becsploration.com. While I enjoy photography and writing, my strongest passion is song writing, and most recently, music production. Since growing up, I've managed to spend less and less time making music. Living here, I’m able to work a lot less on making money and more on making music. I’m still nomadic, as I’ve been moving around here and there, and am moving back to Berlin next week.
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Making the World Your Office With Teri Potts

By Staff Writer
Lumix GH5: As someone who documents their travels through video more-so than photography, the Lumix GH5 is easily my favorite piece of gear. What's your favorite travel hack? What’s the weirdest thing you carry with you while traveling? What's the weirdest piece of travel gear you've seen? I have got to say that the GasBGon Flatulence Filter Cushion is the weirdest piece of travel gear on the market right now.
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Maramureș: Romania’s Living Folk Museum

By Staff Writer
At the fringe of the country, tucked next to the Ukrainian border, is Romania’s most isolated region: Maramureș. The gates protect family compounds: along with the home, you’ll find a barn, a garden, and an old-time dipping well. After dinner, the evening continues in the music room, where Ana’s husband gets out his violin and shares some rousing folk music. Even modern churches are still built in the traditional wooden style. In 1935, a local woodcarver — reviving an old tradition — began adorning what’s known as the “merry cemetery” with a forest of vivid memorials.
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Mask-Wearing Is a Very New Fashion in Paris (and a Lot of Other Places)

By Norimitsu Onishi, Constant Méheut
In France, a strong belief that the French would culturally reject the practice — and confidence that masks could be imported quickly if needed — has contributed to a desperate shortage. In the past decade, France’s formidable national stockpile of masks shrank from 1.7 billion to 150 million at the outset of the current pandemic. The debate over the simple face mask has sometimes evolved into a larger discussion over the role of the individual in society, pitting the West’s individualism against Asia’s collectivism. President Trump appeared to embody that ambivalence when, even as he announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now endorsed widespread mask-wearing, he said he would not wear one himself. Frédéric Keck, a French anthropologist specializing in pandemics, said that, in the West, mask-wearing was seen through an individual’s perspective.
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Milk Bar Heaven in Kraków

By Cameron Hewitt
“There is this one place…”Jadłodajnia U Stasi is a milk bar — that uniquely Polish phenomenon of a government-subsidized canteen, originally dating from the communist period to allow the workers to enjoy a meal out. Communism is a distant memory, but the milk bar concept has stuck around. I’m something of a milk bar connoisseur. Not many people get excited about Polish food. If you’re headed to Kraków and want to do the same, just duck down the courtyard at Mikołajska 16.
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Minimalist Bike Travel With Jessie Beck

By Staff Writer
I’m an avid cyclist, traveler, food-lover, and owner of Eat Bike Travel. A Pair of Plastic Jelly Flats: I don’t pack these every time, but they’re always with me on tropical trips. I love to travel with my bike but the whole bike bag/box thing is an issue — they’re really cumbersome and HUGE. I wish there was a bike bag/box for travel that would fold down small enough to fit in a backpack when not in use. Once, at a Travel Massive meetup, I met a guy who was trying to develop a vest that could replace a carry on.
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Moab Arch Sees 100,000th Yoga Pose

By Brendan Leonard
We could use a little humor this week, so laugh along with us. Friday morning, Melissa Fortnoy of Aurora, Colorado, slowly bent into Warrior Pose on top of Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, and recorded the 100,000th yoga pose performed on top of the iconic sandstone formation. Park staff would prefer hikers not walk on top of the arch, but that obviously hasn’t stopped more than 100,000 practicing yogis, and others who don’t mind the exposure to the east. Moab’s most famous arch, Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, doesn’t draw nearly the amount of yogists, according to McCann. “I don’t do yoga, but I get it,” McMann said.
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Modern Art » Local Adventurer » Travel Adventures in Las Vegas + World Wide

By Staff Writer
Along the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, we decided to check out the rest of the museum. We bought a special timed ticket for the Kubrick exhibit for $20, which includes all of LACMA. The 2000 Sculpture by Walter De Maria:Sometimes I’m not sure that I understand modern art. But I do like how the book Steal Like an Artist put it: Modern art = I could do that + yeah, but you didn’t. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)5905 Wilshire BlvdLos Angeles CA 90036Have you been before?
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Monet at the Orangerie, Impressionism in Paris

By Staff Writer
You can enjoy another delightful dimension of Paris in its parks. While the Orangerie no longer contains plants, today it's filled with a garden of Impressionist and early-20th-century paintings — select works by Renoir, Cézanne, Gaugin, and others. It immerses you in Monet's garden at Giverny — his home and studio outside of Paris. Monet would work on several canvases at the same time — each one catching the light of a particular time of day. Back when Monet was painting, Paris was busy with artists.
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Mormon Influencers Are Not Happy About ‘Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City’

By Alex Zaragoza, Rachel Miller
Bravo recently launched a new franchise in their hugely popular Real Housewives canon, and it dropped like a hospital-smelling bomb onto the reality TV landscape. But where the true beef has been boiling is among Mormon influencers and bloggers, many of whom have been outspoken about the series' depiction of Mormon women. It's clear that Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is striking a nerve among the influencers who have long held to the church's standard of cultivating and presenting a pristine image, one that follows the path outlined in their doctrine. Reality TV, however, is built to show a heightened version of life, and Real Housewives especially showcases the gaudiest, most extreme version of the lives of the wealthy. “I think there will be a lot of people who say this doesn’t represent Salt Lake City or the Mormon church,” he said.
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Mount Etna: Sicily’s Lively Volcano

By Staff Writer
At about 11,000 feet, Mount Etna, Europe’s biggest volcano, towers majestically above the villages and farmland of the east coast. Today, the slopes of Etna are renowned for their fertile soil and some of the finest vineyards in Sicily. Salvino: We’re in the slopes of Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, and actually a great wine region. What we have here is volcanic soil. Etna, just like the rest of Sicily, has been producing grapes for thousands of years, but only in the last three decades has the quality of Etna wine achieved such great notoriety and prestige.
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Moving to Korea: The Ultimate Packing List

By Katie Diederichs
Suit JacketOn the EPIK packing list, they tell men to bring a suit jacket. Most shoesBeing that I wear a women's size nine, I knew before moving here that I wouldn't be able to buy any shoes in Korea. On most days I only wear shoes on my walk to and from school, making the majority of pairs I packed unnecessary. The store clerk, in her well-meaning yet unfiltered manner, will assure you that you have wrinkles setting in and yes, you do really need the snail excretion mask. ShampooUnless you are extremely brand-loyal or need special products, plan only to bring a travel-size bottle to get you through your first week in Korea.
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Munich’s Art Gallery, Reflecting German History

By Staff Writer
As the capital of Bavaria for centuries, Munich was able to amass lots of great art. The Alte Pinakothek — or "old painting gallery" — shows off Bavaria’s best collection of European masterpieces from the 14th through the 18th centuries, featuring work by many of the greats. Paintings give a peek at the tumultuous events as Germany woke from its medieval slumbers and entered a new epoch. When this individualism met church authority, sparks flew. Albrecht Dürer actually met Martin Luther, he was impressed by his ideas, and became one of his supporters.
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Mountain Bike-Loving Bentonville, Arkansas, Will Pay You $10k to Move There

By Justin Housman
Mountain Bike-Loving Bentonville, Arkansas, Will Pay You $10k to Move There“It’s Pleasantville for a mountain biker and it’s a region with people behind it that are willing to do whatever it takes to grow the sport,” said Pinkbike’s Daniel Sapp this summer in an article about Bentonville, Arkansas, which has recently secured the trademark for “Mountain Bike Capital of the World.”Avid mountain bikers have probably heard whispers of Bentonville as a destination, but, at least for the Northwest Arkansas Council, not enough mountain bikers with good job experience have moved to Bentonville to live, so they’re sweetening the pot. For the next six months, they’re committed to spending a million bucks attracting young professionals to the area with $10,000 cash and $600 toward the purchase of a new bike. They’re gearing for remote workers, and, in fact, you must have a full-time remote job to be considered. You also must be willing and able to move within the next six months. But to take advantage of the riding, you really wanna be in Bentonville.
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National Monuments, Historic Sites, and More

By Staff Writer
Fee: No Entrance Fee, but Ferry Tickets must be Purchased from Statue Cruises (Additional fees for Crown and Pedestal access.) We did the Pedestal access ticket and got on the very first ferry from NYC (they also have ferries from NJ). If you come from the NYC side, the ferry goes to Liberty Island first, then to Ellis Island. Afterward, we headed over to Ellis Island to get a glimpse of the space where 12 million immigrants passed through to enter this country from 1892 to 1954. We kind of wished our family had more history in America because going through the Ellis Island Immigration Museum would be walking the footsteps of our ancestors.
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New Banksy Mural in New York Protests Turkish Artist’s Imprisonment

By Andrew R. Chow
The anonymous British artist’s 70-foot-long mural was unveiled on Thursday, and it protests the imprisonment of the Turkish-Kurdish artist and journalist Zehra Dogan, who was sentenced last March for painting the destruction of a predominantly Kurdish town, with Turkey’s flag flying over rubble. I’ve painted things much more worthy of a custodial sentence,” Banksy said in a statement to the New York Times. Banksy’s sparse mural mostly consists of black hash marks, which visually represent jail cell bars and count the number of days that Ms. Dogan has spent in prison. A rendering of Ms. Dogan herself peers out of one of the cells, with her left hand gripping a bar that doubles as a pencil. She still has 18 months left to serve, and remains unaware of the mural, according to a news release.
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New coronavirus cases in the U.S. soar to highest single-day total

By Hannah Knowles, General Assignment Reporter, Miriam Berger, Reporter Covering Middle East, Foreign Affairs, Hamza Shaban, Reporter Covering Business, Kim Bellware, Reporter Covering National Breaking News, Jacqueline Dupree
Andrew M. Cuomo (D) said, while the other states are not penalizing people for violating the “travel advisory.” Connecticut Gov. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have seen infections slow, while cases and hospitalizations have accelerated in many states in the South and West. “Learned that lesson.”Emphasizing the Northeast region’s progress, Connecticut Gov. Early in the coronavirus pandemic, in March, Florida Gov. New York was the main hot spot of the U.S. outbreak, while Florida had roughly 1,200 confirmed cases and 17 deaths.
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New York City on a Budget: 17 Money-Saving Tips

By Katie Diederichs
Whether you fly into JFK or La Guardia, you will be pretty far from the city when you land. Getting from La Guardia (LGA) to Manhattan:From La Guardia Terminal B, take the Q70-SBS bus to Roosevelt Av/74 Street stop. From there you can connect to the NYC Metro and buy the 7-day Metro pass (tip #6) or a single ticket for $2.75 (plus $1 for the card). Then take the Long Beach line, Babylon line, or the E line into Manhattan and to your hotel. Find Cheap AccommodationHotels in New York City are notoriously expensive, even for low quality digs.
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Nîmes in Southern France: Roman Ruins and a Bullfight

By Staff Writer
The Pont du Gard reminds us that throughout the ancient world, aqueducts were stone flags heralding the greatness of Rome. It was a critical link, helping keep a steady river of water flowing cross-country to Nîmes — one of the Roman Empires largest cities. The Pont du Gard’s main arch is the largest the Romans ever built — 80 feet across. All this work was designed to bring water into the still grand Roman city of Nîmes. Nîmes' Arena — which is still in use — is considered the best preserved from ancient Rome.
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No Cooking No Problem For These Nut Butter Morning Oats

By Backcountry Foodie
Nut Butter Morning Oats is a delicious, backpacker friendly version of popular overnight oats recipes. If you’re not a fan of almond butter, substitute your nut butter of choice (i.e. The recipe can also be made vegan by using non-dairy milk powder alternatives (i.e. We call it Morning Oats because it’s intended to be prepared the morning of and not soaked overnight like typical overnight oats recipes. On trail, Nut Butter Morning Oats is the perfect way to start your day and is quick and easy to prepare.
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No, more testing doesn’t explain the rise of covid-19 cases in the U.S.

By Jennifer B. Nuzzo, Jennifer B. Nuzzo Is A Senior Fellow For Global Health At The Council On Foreign Relations, An Associate Professor At The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Of Public Health.
ADADBut a closer look at the state of testing in the United States shows that this theory is dangerously wrong. It is true that the United States has dramatically expanded testing for the virus that causes covid-19. At the beginning of April, when testing was constrained at around 20,000 tests per day, positivity reached a peak of 50 percent. That’s the pattern health officials would like to see in testing, but it is not the prevailing pattern across the United States. ADADOverall test positivity in the United States has fallen dramatically (partly because we tested so few people early on).
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Nomadic Trailer Travelers (Travel Tips)

By Staff Writer
Along with my wife Heidi, we have begun roaming the United States in our ultra-light, ultra-small Scamp travel trailer. Heidi's “Trusty Three” travel itemsDarn Tough Light Hiker Socks: These amazing wool blend socks have opened new doors for me and my feet! I’ve tried many brands of wool socks and these are by far the best. REI Stormrealm Rain Jacket: This jacket has enabled me to enjoy so many outdoor adventures that would have otherwise been spoiled by the almighty Mother Nature. Heidi: While traveling and living in our Scamp trailer I find myself missing a good cup of filtered coffee.
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Now’s the Time to Perfect Camp Meals, Like This Dutch Oven Chicken Marbella

By Fresh Off The Grid
This Mediterranean themed baked chicken dish uses chopped prunes and olives to produce a sweet and savory combination that’s absolutely irresistible. So after a bit of tinkering, we came up with a way to make it in a Dutch oven. The result is a crispy-skinned chicken dish with a super-flavorful sauce that takes less than 45 minutes to cook. Dutch Oven Chicken Marbella is perfect for cooking over the campfire. Need a good cast iron dutch oven?
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One Wild Week Road Tripping in Idaho

By Katie Diederichs
How to get to Thousand Springs: Getting to Thousand Springs is a little tricky. Along Highway 30, there is a big sign that says Thousand Springs Resort. Turn around and right after you cross over the bridge, turn east on the State Fish Hatchery Road through the Hagerman Wildlife Management Area. You will work your way through some farm roads in the direction of a road called “Thousand Springs Grade”. This steep road leads you into a park right next to the Thousand Springs.
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Our Best (And Shittiest) Travel Experiences From Two Years On The Road – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

By Hey, We Are Alesha, Jarryd, The Award-Winning Writers, Professional Photographers Behind This Blog. We Have Been Travelling The World Together Since, With A Passion For Adventure Travel, Sustainable Tourism. Through Our Stories, Images We Promote Exciting Off-The-Beaten-Path Destinations, Fascinating Cultures As We Go. As One Of The World'S Leading Travel Journalists, Our Content
People ask us what it is like to be professional travel bloggers, often assuming that we are “living the dream”. So to celebrate this momentous occasion, here is our collection of some of the best, and shittiest, travel experiences over the last two years. Camping On The Great Wall Of ChinaNo visit to China is complete without seeing the Great Wall of China. In the morning we showed up and spent all day teaching English to the coolest bunch of kids we’ve ever met! We couldn’t find water for hours, and we did it was filthy (luckily we travel with a SteriPEN).
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Our editor-in-chief on how to get through this madness

By Melinda Stevens, Thursday November, In Partnership With, Turquoise Holidays
I have to keep walking away from conversations because either a) I’m not hearing stuff correctly; b) I’m not hearing stuff because I don’t care; c) I’m not hearing stuff because I’m deaf; d) I’m not hearing stuff because what I’m hearing is not convenient to my current truth; e) I’m not hearing stuff because everyone is talking rubbish; or f) I’m not hearing stuff because if I listened properly it would mean I have to answer and I no longer have anything to say. Really, I’m hanging onto the kernel of celebrating and supporting. Even if I wanted to let it go – to stop using this platform for exactly that purpose – I couldn’t. That are special and one-off and lovely as can be, because all these places continue to need a helping hand. Celebrating and supporting the entirely reasonable in a world that gets madder by the minute.
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Our Editor’s Fave Facemasks From Outdoor Companies

By Justin Housman
I’ve been testing out more than a dozen different options from different outdoor brands over the past month or so. Favorite Overall: Outdoor Research Essential Face Mask ($20)Another mask with a filter pocket, the OR mask is a terrific blend of comfort, stability, breathability, and moisture-wicking. The filter pocket is prone to scrunching the included filters, but that’s the only gripe. Best for Demanding Physical Activities: Buff Filter Mask ($29)This mask boasts the sheerest and lightest feel, though it’s a double layer of polyester for extra protection. It also has a filter pocket and the mask comes with a handful of thin filters.
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Out of Gas on Scotland’s North Coast

By Cameron Hewitt
Driving along Scotland’s north coast is treacherous. No, I’m taking about running low on gas. Assured by the tourist office that there’d be gas in the village of Tongue, farther east, I continued on my way. About 10 miles out of Durness, the “low gas” light flickered on. I’m famously stubborn about driving to work and back — twice — with the “low gas” light on.
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Outbreaker Travel Backpack – Tortuga

By Staff Writer
If you have a great experience with a Tortuga product, we're both happy. Our WarrantyTo the original owner, the Tortuga warranty guarantees against defects in materials and craftsmanship for as long as you own the product. What is Not CoveredThe Tortuga warranty does not cover damages resulting from normal wear and tear, improper use, abuse, negligence, or accident. Tortuga products are designed to protect your gear, but we are not responsible for any damage to, or loss of, the contents of your bag. This warranty is limited to Tortuga products, not anything that may be carried in them.
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Packable Travel Jackets For Cold Weather

By Staff Writer
No, we’re going to talk about packable jackets, which are amazing for travel because, as the name suggests, they’re packable. Today, we’re going to take a look at both packable puffer jackets and rain jackets/shells. See Details & Buying Options View on Patagonia View on Patagonia View on Backcountry View on BackcountryLayer Up. We hope this list of some of our favorite packable travel jackets has made finding that gear just a little bit easier. If you need any more cold weather travel tips, check out our video on Minimalist Packing Tips for Cold Weather Travel or scroll through our full reviews on clothing and accessories.
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Part-Time Digital Nomads Natalie & Thomas

By Staff Writer
My name is Natalie and I'm a chocolate loving, calligraphy obsessed, graphic designer who loves loves loves to travel! These bed liners are really great to use at hostels or hotels. Thomas' “Trusty Three” travel itemsEagle Creek Pack-It Clean Dirty Cube: In all honesty I'm pretty organizationally obsessed so any packing cube is amazing but this one is really great. They are pretty great when you find yourself in a situation with a bunch of people and everyone is looking for an excuse to get together and do something. Natalie: I think the weirdest travel item I've seen is the Suitcase Robot from Travelmate Robotics.
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Peru Opened Machu Picchu Just for This One Tourist

By Koh Ewe
But this lucky tourist was finally able to check an item off his bucket list when his request to go to Peru’s most popular tourist attraction, Machu Picchu, was granted over the weekend, following a seven-month wait. Jesse Katayama, who is from Japan, arrived in the town of Agua Calientes, Peru on March 14, with the dream of seeing the historical site, Reuters reported. Determined to see the 15th-century Inca citadel, Katayama submitted a special request to the government to open the site. He was finally granted permission to enter on Saturday when the site reopened for him. Neyra added that the stone ruins of Machu Picchu will reopen in November, operating at 30 percent its usual capacity per day.
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Planning a Campervan Trip in New Zealand: Your Ultimate Guide

By Katie Diederichs
You can find free campsites by searching Rankers or CamperMate and using the filter to find only those that are free. Freedom Camping in New ZealandYour final option for campsites is freedom camping. It is illegal to spend the night in areas that are not designated for Freedom Camping, and you can be fined. Freedom camping is becoming more and more restricted throughout New Zealand, as many people are not respecting the rules. Additional Reading: If you plan to do some freedom camping in New Zealand, please familiarize yourself with the Leave No Trace principles.
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People Are Dying After Joining a 'Pro-Choice' Suicide Forum. How Much Is the Site to Blame?

By Rachel Miller, Harry Cheadle, Shayla Love, Emily Cassel, Shamani Joshi, Emily Latimer
Suicide Solution differs from other well-known online suicide forums, like Take This Life, Suicide Forum, or Reddit’s Suicide Watch, in one immediately obvious way. Suicide Solution is a self-described “pro-choice” community of people who feel suicidal or are having suicidal thoughts and ideation. People who try to dissuade others from suicide on Suicide Solution can be accused of being “pro-life,” meaning they aren’t respecting another’s choice to die. In 2018, Marquis wrote that Suicide Solution “is a pro-choice forum, not a pro-suicide forum. But on Suicide Solution, the line between pro-choice forum and actively encouraging or assisting with suicide is walked very finely.
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‘Please come back’: Out of coronavirus lockdown, Europe begs tourists to return

By Kim Willsher Is A Special Correspondent.
The palace, normally crowded with tourists, is relatively empty because of the COVID-19 crisis. AdvertisementVersailles, like many other European tourist attractions, is picking itself up after an enforced 82-day closure as part of France’s strict coronavirus lockdown, which shut the country’s airports and borders, even those with its close neighbors. Some hope that that will include Americans, who make up a sizable number of Versailles’ foreign tourists. This is important because we want to say to American tourists: ‘Please come back,’” said Catherine Pegard, who runs the palace. Although the coronavirus lockdown was eased for most of France in early May, the capital region (which includes Versailles) remained under restrictions until the beginning of June.
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Provençal Markets for Aficionados: 7 Markets in 7 Days

By Cameron Hewitt
And that was enough for seven entirely different, but equally enjoyable, Provençal markets. But even if you don’t spend a dime, Provençal markets are a glorious, and quintessentially French, travel experience. The next day — Monday — is a relatively sleepy day for Provençal markets, and we’d doubled up the day before. In the Comments, suggest your favorite Provençal markets, things to buy at them, and tips for navigating them. We supplemented that with Marjorie R. Williams’ Markets of Provence, a vividly written, deeply insightful, and highly informative guide that explains local markets day-by-day.
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Quarantine: Ministers urged to build ‘air bridges’ after travel industry backlash

By Staff Writer
Manuel Lobo Antunes made the demand as pressure grows on the government to ease the UK’s blanket quarantine rules. Department for Transport officials are negotiating reciprocal no-quarantine deals known as “air bridges” or “travel corridors” with key destination countries. The first review date for the UK quarantine policy is 29 June. But it is being increasingly challenged by Conservative backbenchers concerned about the damage quarantine is causing to the travel industry. The three biggest airlines operating in the UK – British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair – are seeking a judicial review of the policy.
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Quick and Easy Guide on How to Take Product Photos

By Staff Writer
No matter what kind of camera gear you use, you can still take beautiful photos if you have a basic understanding of lighting. When it comes to product shots, we prefer taking lifestyle photos where you can see the products in the environment that we use them in. QUICK AND EASY GUIDE ON HOW TO TAKE PRODUCT PHOTOS:1. Get a White Background & Studio Lights. On camera flash creates the worst lighting for product shots (or any shots :P).
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Recipe: How to cook the perfect Cornish squid

By Thursday August, In Partnership With, The Thinking Traveller
In order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Having led the creative kitchens at London restaurants Brunswick House and St Leonards, Andrew Clarke co-founded Pilot Light, an ethical business focused on tackling the stigma around mental health in hospitality. AdvertisementAndrew’s chef journey began at The Swan in West Malling where he absorbed the importance of local produce, organic farming and foraging, hunting and butchery. It plays a key role in improving any budding chef’s interaction with produce and its preparation. Moreover, the Victorinox’s Grand Maitre Filleting Knife allows the precision needed when filleting fish (if Andrew’s squid recipe were substituted for a fish option).
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Reader's Choice Awards 2020: The best hotels in Australasia and the South Pacific

By Condé Nast Traveller, Monday October, In Partnership With, The Great House Barbados
Reader's Choice Awards 2020Mark RoperThe best hotels in Australia and New Zealand10. The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia. Kokomo Private Island Resort, Yaukuve Levu Island, Fiji. Laucala Island Resort, Fiji. Now read:Readers' Choice Awards 2020: All the winnersReaders' Choice Awards 2020: All the winners Inspiration Readers' Choice Awards 2020: All the winnersThe best hotels and resorts in Europe 2020AdvertisementReaders’ Choice Awards 2020: the best hotels and resorts in Europe Places To Stay Readers’ Choice Awards 2020: the best hotels and resorts in EuropeThe best hotels in the UK 2020
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Recipe: How to make The Palomar’s grilled aubergine

By Corinne Brooking, Thursday July
Here, he shows us how to make The Palomar’s grilled aubergine drizzled with tahini, topped with cucumber yogurt and cherry tomatoes. I have adapted the usual flavours used in siniya – tahini, yogurt, lemon, pine nuts – to enhance the flavour of the classic Israeli vegetable: the aubergine, which is always abundantly available at markets. We normally cook the aubergine in the Josper at The Palomar, but it can be made under a very hot grill at home. It's best enjoyed by just scooping the flesh, baked tahini and yogurt out of the aubergine skin and spooning it onto warmed pittas. Rub the spice mix all over the cut side of the aubergine and leave to rest.
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Republican leaders now say everyone should wear a mask — even as Trump refuses and has mocked some who do

By Philip Rucker, White House Bureau Chief, Seung Min Kim, White House Reporter
The GOP-led city of Jacksonville — which President Trump recently selected to host many of the Republican National Convention festivities in part because of its relatively lax public health restrictions — is now mandating people wear masks in indoor public spaces. The recent shift on the political right has left Trump isolated, with the president and his White House staff openly resisting the calls for mask-wearing. Particularly among GOP senators, there has been a noticeable uptick in public comments and social media posts encouraging the public to wear masks as the number of infections rises nationwide. After a million-plus people get infected?”ADADThe rise in cases has not changed the thinking inside the White House. At Saturday’s “Salute to America” fireworks extravaganza, which Trump is hosting at the White House, social distancing will be observed and face coverings and personal hand sanitizer will be provided to guests, according to White House spokesman Judd Deere.
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Recipe: the ultimate scotch eggs from Holborn Dining Room

By Corinne Brooking, Thursday July
The renowned restaurant at Rosewood London’s, Holborn Dining Room, serves classic, seasonal British food amid reclaimed-oak-panelled walls, antique mirrors and sparkling chandeliers. Bring a saucepan with enough water to cover five of the eggs to the boil, carefully place the eggs into the pot and boil for five minutes. Leave the eggs for five to 10 minutes to cool completely, then peel the shell off and dry. Let the Scotch eggs rest for two minutes before eating. Now read:Recipe: how to cook Padella's famous pasta dish at homeRecipe: how to cook Padella's famous pasta dish at home Recipes Recipe: how to cook Padella's famous pasta dish at homeRecipe: how to cook super noodles with super chef Andrew WongAdvertisementRecipe: how to cook super noodles with super chef Andrew Wong Eating & Drinking Recipe: how to cook super noodles with super chef Andrew WongRecipe: How to make Chipotle king prawns
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Racism in the U.S. Prompts a Growing Community of Thriving, Black Expats in Mexico

By Ryan Songalia, Nathaniel Janowitz, Edmund Ruge
TULUM, Mexico — As President Donald Trump and Joe Biden squared off in their third and final presidential debate in late October, Leesa Bahía enjoyed a glass of chardonnay in an open-air restaurant in Mexico. Bahía was attending a debate watch party in the seaside city of Playa del Carmen, organized by a growing community of Black expats and travelers in the Yucatan Peninsula. In the meantime, she's dedicated herself to the burgeoning group and trying to create more representation of the Black expat and traveler experience in Mexico. Like many within the growing community of Black expats and travelers in Tulum, her economic status and success allowed her the privilege of traveling freely. But while it's not all about partying, that's not to say the community doesn't like to have a good time.
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Rare Rhino Feeding at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

By Staff Writer
Most people who visit San Diego know about the world renowned San Diego Zoo, but did you know that they have a second park just 30 miles outside of town called the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (or Wild Animal Park by the locals)? They have Balloon Safaris, Jungle Ropes Safaris, Caravan Safaris, and Flightline Safaris just to name a few. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park allows them to ensure that those survival skills stay from generation to generation. San Diego Zoo Safari Park15500 San Pasqual Valley RdEscondido CA 92027760.747.8702Pro Tips for visiting the San Diego Zoo Safari Park:There is plenty of food and drink options at the park, but bring a small backpack with a water bottle that you can refill. A huge thank you to San Diego Zoo Safari Park for hosting our Caravan Safari.
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Rick Steves’ Europe Behind the Scenes: Romania’s Parliament Votes No… Then Yes

By Cameron Hewitt
After filming more than 100 episodes of Rick Steves’ Europe, Rick and the crew have seen most everything…until they got to Romania. At every major sight, the tourist authority would dispatch little delegations to greet us: guides, local tourist board representatives, big-name hoteliers, and so on. The tourist authority was over the moon that Rick was going to film in Romania. The tourist authority was terrified that Rick, too, would present Romania in a negative light. This is part eight of my “Behind the Scenes” blog series about Rick Steves’ Europe Season 9 — now airing nationwide (check your local listings).
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Rick Steves on why the Edmonds Theater is a community treasure

By Rick Steves
Since I was a kid, The Edmonds Theater has been part of what made Main Street the main street in my hometown. In Edmonds, it’s the ferry dock, the theater and the fountain. When I was just starting my business, I’d rent the theater for my all-day Saturday travel lectures. And today, the Edmonds Theater remains the place I favor for enjoying a new movie. These are the small businesses — the labors of love, the moms-and-pops, the plucky entrepreneurial ventures — that give our communities character.
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Rivian Unveils Prices and Packages for SUV and Pickup

By Justin Housman
When we first walked around the Rivian RT1 all-electric pickup at OR a couple summers ago, we were impressed. One of the engineers said the pickup was planned to start at $69,000, with the SUV, the R1S, priced a little higher, probably around $75,000. Rivian just announced the pricing and trim level details for both the pickup and the SUV. But if it boosts range by even a hundred miles, suddenly range anxiety is a much smaller issue. Rivian is expecting to start delivering the R1T in June, 2021, the SUV the following year.
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Roxanne Ravago: Living Worldly Mini-Lives

By Staff Writer
These principles are freedom, love, connection, and creation. I will try to show you how I've designed my life increasingly with more intention, by these principles. This past year, I found a happy medium freelancing as a product designer and illustrator, and splitting my time living in Brooklyn, New York while having mini-lives around the world—a month in Europe, Asia, and the west coast to date (freedom, love, creation, and connection!). Right now, I really love Muji's dot-grid notebook because you get a lot of pages for the price (a value! Finally, to take a step without feet.” -RumiYou can keep up with Roxanne at her website roxanneravago.com.
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Roost 2.0 vs. Nexstand K2 (Laptop Stands)

By Staff Writer
Video ComparisonOverviewSetting up the Laptop Stands via Pack Hacker's GIPHYAnyone who sits in front of a laptop all day—like we often do—should really look into getting a laptop stand. via Pack Hacker's GIPHYThe catch is that in order to use a laptop stand properly, you do need a mouse and keyboard. We checked out two popular laptop stands on the market—The Roost and The Nexstand. Versatility & HeightBoth of these laptop stands will hold just about any laptop you can get your hands on, which is awesome. Portability: RoostRoost Durability & Sturdiness: RoostRoost Versatility & Height: TieTie Price: NexstandThe Roost stand is clearly the superior laptop stand.
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Savory Mushroom French Dip Sandwiches Will Satisfy Your Camp Munchies

By Dirty Gourmet
Dirty Gourmet is three women—Aimee Trudeau, Emily Nielson, and Mai-Yan Kwan—who came together after a bike tour across Canada. This recipe, from Emily, for hot, savory mushroom french dips is easily prepared over a campfire with a cast iron skillet. Mine says “Joshua Tree National Park.” For the past ten years, I have spent the majority of my days off in the park camping, climbing, hiking, and meditating. Recently I ended up backcountry camping there, and it was one of the most relaxing nights I’ve had in the park. We cooked these hearty mushroom french dip sandwiches, adapted from this recipe, on the grill at a day use area before heading out so I didn’t have to carry much
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Road Trip Budget & Daily Costs of Vanlife

By Ben Zweber, Katie Diederichs
If you’re planning a road trip or are going to be living in a van full-time (like we did! And when you take into account gas and food, our road trip budget can be blown in a matter of days if you aren’t careful. During our road trip, we tracked our spending and we learned quite a few road trip budget tricks and hacks that helped us save money and stick to a budget. And as it turns out, you don't need to spend a fortune to have an incredible road trip around the United States. How much does a USA road trip cost?
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See You at the Air Show: A Not-So-Glamorous Day in the Life of a Travel Writer

By Cameron Hewitt
As a travel writer, I pride myself on coming up with creative solutions to vexing itinerary challenges. By the way, Andrew Durman is a prince of a guy and one of my favorite Polish people. What do you want to do?”I had to drop off this car at this airport, before crossing into Poland. You know, there’s an air show today.”As I got closer to the airport, Andrew called me to say he’d parked his car, and was walking back to direct me to the terminal. By the time we reached the car, traffic had cleared out, and we zipped across the border and headed for Kraków.
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Small Travel Gear Brands We Can Support

By Staff Writer
Let’s Help The Travel Gear Community TogetherIf you’ve been here before, you know how passionate we are about travel and the gear we take with us. We want these small travel brands to stick around for a while and continue making new products for us to test, so we can help you find the best travel gear for your needs. Able CarryCheck out Able Carry and get Free Shipping when you spend $120+ on two or more items. Public RecCheck out Public Rec and get free shipping, returns, and free exchanges. Support If You CanSo there you have it—some travel gear brands that you can support if you’re looking to stock up on some new gear or plan for your next trip while currently staying home.
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Slovenia’s Karst Region and Škocjan Caves

By Staff Writer
A short drive south takes us into a totally different landscape: Slovenia's Karst region — a high, fertile, and windblown plateau. Since the limestone upon which everything around here sits is easily dissolved by water, the Karst is honeycombed with a vast network of caves and underground rivers. The most dramatic cave to tour is Škocjan. Guides tell the story as, drip by drip, stalactites grow from spaghetti-thin strands to mighty sequoia-like stone pillars. While there's little reason to go inside, the castle makes an ideal spot for a scenic drink — and a great capper for our visit to the Karst region.
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So, Can I Go to Europe? — How the Coronavirus Is Changing European Travel for Americans

By Cameron Hewitt
My goal is not to give definitive answers, but to provide a midyear snapshot of European travel in the age of coronavirus. Among European countries, Sweden famously took a more hands-off (read: “American”) approach, and stands alone among European countries in its high infection rates and lower-than-hoped-for immunity rates. How European Travel Will Be AffectedThat said, the time will come — eventually — for Americans to head back to Europe. In the weeks after 9/11, hunkered-down Americans wondered if we’d ever travel in Europe the same way again. (I remember that panicked morning in Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Center — standing by to answer phones that never rang — and wondering whether planes would even fly again.)
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Some of the Raunchiest Hookups of My Life Were on Mumbai's Crowded Trains

By Steven Blum, Jeff Leavell, Kevin Clarke, Esme Blegvad
I had broken the unspoken rule of local train cruising: Never interact outside the realm of the sweaty, jam-packed train—or it gets messy. One of those is: Why do queer men hook up in local trains? The local trains of Mumbai are infamous for being packed to the point that leaving with your own limbs intact at your stop becomes a mission in itself. As they say, “When life gives you lemons, you squeeze them like a stranger’s balls on a train.”There’s a legend among gay men in Mumbai surrounding the suburban local trains. Misery loves company and the Mumbai local trains keep proving it time and again.
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Spate of new research supports wearing masks to control coronavirus spread

By Ben Guarino, Reporter Covering The Practice, Culture Of Science, Chelsea Janes, Reporter Covering The Presidential Campaign, Ariana Eunjung Cha, National Reporter
Several new studies published this month support wearing masks to curb the transmission of the novel coronavirus. Face masks appear to be most effective when supplemented with hand-washing and physical distancing, Schünemann and his colleagues said. Other states have directed workers in restaurants and other businesses to wear masks, while recommending that residents follow suit. And more than three-quarters — including those people who wear masks ubiquitously — said they wear their masks at least sometimes when they leave their homes. Some Republican lawmakers have criticized mask mandates as evidence of government overreach, and some have branded those wearing masks as weak.
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Stepping Outside Of Your Comfort Zone

By Staff Writer
I want to meet people from all over the world, learn about other cultures, step out of my comfort zone, and grow! If I’m exploring a city or town, instead of using a plastic cup, I will use my Hydro Flask! What's your favorite travel hack? Great for when you are camping or using tap water in countries that aren’t always safe. It's my favorite item I travel with, each patch brings back memories of wonderful places and people.
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Spice Up Your Camp Meal With Korean Tofu Stew

By Mai-Yan Kwan - Dirty Gourmet
This recipe, from Mai-yan, for a healthy Korean tofu stew, is easy to make, and perfect for a cold night under the stars. One of my favorite dishes is sundubu-jjigae which is what this Korean Soft Tofu stew is based on. Typically, the dish arrives at the table in an individual-sized stone pot filled with furiously bubbling stew. It is served with rice, also made in a stone pot, which yields deliciously crispy rice at the bottom. I hadn’t thought to make this while backpacking in the past—too many perishables, specialty ingredients, too heavy.
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Sweden Tries Out a New Status: Pariah State

By Thomas Erdbrink
“We are really confident that our immunity is higher than any other Nordic country’s,” Mr. Tegnell said during a news conference last week. He added that while Sweden was not striving for so-called herd immunity, the higher level of immunity “is contributing to lower numbers of patients needing hospitalization, as well as fewer deaths per day.”Mr. Tegnell also said that infections in Sweden “had peaked,” and were now falling, a trend reflected in The Times’s figures. Experts in the other Scandinavian countries say the higher immunity levels have not been proven through rigorous testing, and that such talk misses a major point. But perhaps because of such differing outcomes, his star has dimmed lately. Confidence in Mr. Tegnell went from 69 percent in April to 60 percent on Monday, according to a poll done by the leading Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter and Ipsos.
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Surviving The World’s Most Dangerous Hike – Mt Huashan – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

By Hey, We Are Alesha, Jarryd, The Award-Winning Writers, Professional Photographers Behind This Blog. We Have Been Travelling The World Together Since, With A Passion For Adventure Travel, Sustainable Tourism. Through Our Stories, Images We Promote Exciting Off-The-Beaten-Path Destinations, Fascinating Cultures As We Go. As One Of The World'S Leading Travel Journalists, Our Content
Everything you need to know about hiking Mount Huashan, better known as the ‘world’s most dangerous hike’, or the ‘plank walk’, in China. Staring over the edge on the Mount Huashan hike. Check out our video of the World’s Most Dangerous Hike on Mount Huashan at the bottom of this article! Book here with Agoda.comThese views await you on Mount Huashan…How Much Does it Cost to Climb Mount Huashan? Mount Huashan is part of the Huashan National Park, and as such there is an entrance fee to get in.
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Taking a Belated Gap Year Abroad

By Staff Writer
A trip to Vietnam, backpacking US National Parks—these were the experiences that were so obviously worth the planning effort and expense. When Sam goes backpacking he always has a stuff sack of sleep related items that go into the tent when he unpacks. We did not actually see this, but we met a couple that was doing a months long trip with a full sized Vitamix blender in a dedicated suitcase. The names of the places you’ve been start to slip away quickly on a long trip and we are very happy we’ve been keeping track. Train before a long trip.
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Tech Gear And Gadgets I Travel With (Updated Regularly)

By Anil Polat, Clyde Barrow, Barry Butcher, Stephen Alex
Being so mobile means the gadgets I carry have to be portable, powerful, plus durable. Here’s a look at all the electronics that have made it into my backpack in the photo below that yes, all fit into Aer Travel Pack 2. You can find all of the luggage and other non-electronic gear I carry and recommend here. If you’re curious, you can see the progression of the gadgets in my backpack from 2012, earlier this year, to now. Also, if you’re interested to know what services I use to maintain this site, I have listed them here.
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Thai Airways to Fly Over Holy Buddhist Sites to Boost Tourism Amid Pandemic

By Anthony Esguerra, Frankie Lantican
A grounded Thai Airways passenger aircraft is reflected on the windows of a terminal of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on Aug. 1, 2020, as passenger numbers plummeted due to the coronavirus. Calling it a "Magical Flying experience,” the company told VICE News that the idea was to offer a "flight to nowhere" with a unique Thai Airways twist. People sit on airplane seats as they dine in at a Thai Airways pop-up airplane-themed restaurant at the airline's headquarters in Bangkok on Sept. 10, 2020. A Thai Airways official said the flight was part of the government's attempt to focus on domestic tourism. The restaurant employs flight attendants in uniform and serves around 2,000 meals a day.
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The 10 best places to visit in the UK in 2021

By Holly Tuppen, Sunday October
Holidaying on home turf, albeit a little forced upon us recently, has never seemed so appealing. Nor – largely as a result of the pandemic – has it been so sought after; watching a growing wave of interest sweep across the UK’s best cities and beautiful landscapes, the travel industry is racing to curate exceptional staycation experiences. With four definite seasons, countless ecosystems and a growing sense of food ethics, homegrown flavours are on the up. Turning the tide on homogenisation, innovative and sustainably minded independents have more support than ever. Here are our 10 UK destinations to keep itchy feet happy at home in 2021.
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The 17 Best Gifts for 10-Year-Olds

By Staff Writer
A classic shapes doodlerSpirograph Fun Shapes Set ($20 at the time of publication)If you grew up playing with a Spirograph (like I did), this Fun Shapes Set will be as nostalgic for you to give your kid as it is creatively soothing for them to use. Each player starts with a dry-erase marker, a small sketchbook, and a card with a list of objects. Pilot FriXion ColorSticks Erasable Gel Ink Stick Pens come in a set of 10, are priced right, and rank among Wirecutter’s favorite pens. (A fun tip for sending secret messages: The ink reappears when you place the paper in the freezer.) My daughter loves checking the EcoSphere for any changes—or just to see the shrimp shooting around.
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The 20 Best Gifts for 1-Year-Olds

By Staff Writer
Her bath-time turnaround happened when we leveled up our bath toys with (among other things) these Building Bath Pipes. They’re easy for kids to suction to the bathtub wall and can be connected to create a twisted path for water. Gund versions are popular, but many Wirecutter kids are partial to London-based Jellycat stuffed toys. The exchange was shockingly successful: Bun Bun became a constant companion in bed, at the park, on our bike commute, and at her day care (where Bun Bun replaced the word rabbit for the entire class). When they were first learning to grip and throw a ball, my kids loved colorful, nubby, grippy balls similar to these from Edushape.
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The best Christmas lights in London 2020

By Tristan Parker, Tuesday November
Leadenhall MarketHaving the Lord Mayor of London switch on your lights is quite a coup, and that’s what Leadenhall Market secured for last year’s Christmas spectacular. The ceremony also unveiled the market’s huge Christmas tree, covered in its own sparkling finery. Accompanying the glow from thousands of lights were choirs and other entertainment, ensuring a very merry atmosphere. Switch-on: Date TBCAddress: The Strand, WC2N 5RJLike this? Now read:Christmas in London: festive events and things to doChristmas in London 2020: 9 wonderful things to do Style & Culture Christmas in London 2020: 9 wonderful things to doBest winter terraces in LondonThe best winter terraces in London Eating & Drinking The best winter terraces in LondonChristmas markets in London
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The 19 Best Gifts for 5-Year-Olds

By Staff Writer
—Ingrid SkjongFirst-rate fort buildingCrazy Forts (about $40 at the time of publication)Fort building is having a big year. —Caitlin GiddingsPiece by pieceJanod Equilibloc Balancing Game ($19 at the time of publication)The Equilibloc Balancing Game is a colorful twist on a family favorite. That raises the stakes, especially when the game nears the end and the tower is wobbly. (The manufacturer gives a range of 3 years to 10 years, but we think 5-year-olds would have a ball with it.) Dragon’s Breath differs from more-traditional board games that have you roll a die, spin a wheel, or draw a card to move along on the game board.
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The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2013: Final Four

By Anil Polat, Mihai Trambitas, Jeff, Go Granada, Anonimus, Cat Of Sunshine, Alex Farca, Sergiu Munteanu, Elena Cîrîc, Spain Football Player
10K Shares PinThe Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2013 that began back in mid-February with over 70 cities is now down to a Final Four: Granada, Bucharest, Buenos Aires, and Sibiu. Also from that country, Sibiu is set to challenge surprise quarter-finalist Buenos Aires. The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2013 Final Four: Granada vs. BucharestThe Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2013 Final Four: Buenos Aires vs. SibiuThe Best City Visit To Travel Tournament 2013 Final Four brackets. Please keep in mind the final votes for any poll aren’t final until they’re verified by my diligent verification team. The Championship round to decide The Best City to Visit in 2013 will begin next Tuesday, March 26th.
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The best destination spas in the world 2020

By Thursday October
Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos, Mexico, 93.9327. Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand, 94.80Read next The best ski resorts in Europe Inspiration The best ski resorts in Europe26. Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India, 99.55Patricia ParinejadThe best destination spas in the USA6. CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa, Arizona, 97.765. Now read:Spa review of Ananda in the Himalayas, IndiaAnanda in the Himalayas, India – spa review Places To Stay Ananda in the Himalayas, India – spa reviewReaders' Choice Awards 2020: All the winnersAdvertisementReaders' Choice Awards 2020: All the winners Inspiration Readers' Choice Awards 2020: All the winnersThe best spas in the UK 2020
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The Best Detergent for Hand Washing Clothes

By Staff Writer
A good delicates detergent has to get your stuff clean without damaging delicate fibers. Besides rough handling, what is most likely to damage your delicates is a detergent with a high pH. Price varies quite a bit for delicates detergent. All were gentle on our swatches (and we didn’t see any immediate damage with the protease-containing ones on the silk swatches). Our top pick for best laundry detergent, it is basically the placeholder for whatever detergent you use for the rest of your laundry.
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The Best Early Black Friday 2020 Deals From Walmart, Best Buy, and Target

By Staff Writer
Down to $40, this cold-brew maker is simple to use and makes the boldest coffee we’ve tasted. Read our review of the best fitness trackers. Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric ToothbrushDeal price: $30 from Target; street price: $40The lowest price we've seen this year, this matches the deal price we saw last Black Friday for the Oral-B Pro 1000. Our runner-up pick for the best multi-tool, the Skeletool rarely goes on sale—this is the first discount we’ve seen in over a year. Type I Fiberglass Single Sided StepladderDeal price: $50 from The Home Depot; street price: $80This is the first deal we’ve posted and the best price we’ve seen on the 8-foot version of the Werner FS108 Type 1 Fiberglass stepladder.
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The best exhibitions in London – and how to see them from home

By Sarah James, Tuesday November
From Thursday 5 November 2020, London's museums and galleries will be shut for four weeks – but you can still see some of the best exhibitions at home. We round up our favourite displays in the capital to explore online and visit in person when restrictions lift again. Plus, find details about the exhibitions that are due to open later this year. Arctic: Culture and Climate, The British MuseumExplore the havoc climate change is wreaking in the ArcticThe British Museum has curated a series of blog posts about the Arctic, for a virtual insight into this dramatic landscape. The British Museum’s latest exhibition Arctic: Culture and Climate explores the impact this will have not only on Arctic peoples but, eventually, the rest of the planet.
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The best holiday destinations for 2021

By Lizzie Pook, Monday September, In Partnership With, The Thinking Traveller
We’ll think harder about how our journeys affect local communities and do more research into where our money is best spent. And while the way we travel might change, what we want from our precious holidays is, and will always remain, the same. That’s why we’ve taken great care in selecting our top holiday destinations for 2021. With events such as the Olympic Games in Tokyo being postponed to 2021, we’ve thought about how these shifts will influence the holidays we take. Whatever your tastes, these are some of the best holiday destinations for 2021.
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The Best Ebook Reader

By Staff Writer
The ideal ebook reader provides a window for reading without allowing too many hardware distractions to get in the way, and that’s just what the Kindle Paperwhite does. The homepage presents books you’re currently reading, reading lists based off of Amazon and Goodreads, plus recommendations from Amazon. All of the ebook readers we tested allow you to use OverDrive to borrow free ebooks from your local library. Amazon’s Kindle books were all as cheap (or slightly cheaper, in some cases) as any other vendor’s. “The new Paperwhite certainly breathes life into Amazon's best Kindle, but it doesn't reinvent the e-reader,” she said.
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The Best Men’s and Women’s Underwear for Travel

By Staff Writer
The ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sport Mesh 6″ Boxer Brief is the best men’s underwear for travel because it balances fit, comfort, odor-proofing, and value better than anything else we’ve tested. They dry quickly, pack compactly, and weigh less than almost all the other boxer briefs we tried—basically they’re everything you’d want from a pair of excellent travel underwear. AdvertisementIf you’re willing to pay more for better fit and fabric, the Tommy John Air Boxer Brief feels like a fine-tailored garment with the price to match. The Patagonias have the best fit, comfort, and style out of all the panties we tested. But for a more than reasonable price, you’re still getting great underwear that wicks, breathes, supports, and dries as well as the best travel underwear available.
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The best places in South America according to the expert

By Harry Hastings, Thursday July
I was with a couple of friends, but knew that a certain someone was going to be there. I spent three days feverishly scouring the peninsula in search of this girl. We hugged, she asked me to stay, but I left, heart in tatters at having missed my opportunity, but needing to be back in Buenos Aires for work. By the evening, the morning’s catch was no longer considered fresh enough. I’m a ceviche maniac and it’s noon here, so I’m going to choose a thrillingly zingy ceviche de lenguado and some Cusqueña beers at a buzzing little backstreet cantina called Canta Rana in Lima.’
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The best places to visit in Bangkok according to local insiders

By Chris Schalkx, Wednesday November, Conrad Bangkok
But now there are the beginnings of a kickback against global gentrification, and in Bangkok the cleverest new hangouts are delving into local culture, embracing its points of difference. Fuelled by folk music and Thai moonshine, chefs, musicians and designers are rediscovering their roots and putting traditional ingredients, sounds and crafts at the forefront of their work. This smart generation of Thai creatives mixes up country charm with downtown cool – here are the names and addresses to know. AdvertisementINSIDE TIP‘Around the corner from Asia Today, TEP Bar is the place to go for tipples mixed with Thai liquor. Read next An insider's guide to the best places in Corsica Destinations An insider's guide to the best places in CorsicaINSIDE TIP‘Acts such as Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band and Rasamee have been at the forefront of the evolving sound scene.
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The best restaurants in London right now

By Tabitha Joyce
While London restaurants and bars are currently closed apart from for delivery or takeaway orders, our comprehensive guide offers the chance to plan your next supper out, and how to support city-wide businesses once they are able to reopen. For the latest al-fresco recommendations, see our pick of the best outdoor restaurants in London right now. Below, we round-up when some of our favourite restaurants in London, plus our expert reviews to help you decide where to go first. VERDICTLastra’s dedication to the best of British ingredients makes for an inspiring tour of Mexico. Tabitha JoyceAddress: KOL, 9 Seymour Street, Marylebone, London W1HTelephone: +44 20 3829 6888Website: kolrestaurant.comThe following restaurants in London are open now
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The best restaurants in Buenos Aires

By Sorrel Moseley-Williams, Wednesday September
La FuerzaVermouth is the city’s new craft beer and La Fuerza is stocked with Torrontés- and Malbec-based versions on tap. Hipsters hog the wrought-iron tables outside, ensuring their tipple goes further with a soda syphon on the side. Address: Avenida Dorrego 1409Website: lafuerza.comEl Imperio de la PizzaDo as the locals do and end the evening with a whopping slice of pizza. Not exactly a new kid on the block (unlike its Chacarita neighbours), this standing-room-only shop has been making pizzas since 1947. Now read:Travel Guide To Buenos AiresTravel Guide To Buenos Aires Guides Travel Guide To Buenos AiresThe best shopping in Buenos AiresThe best shopping in Buenos Aires City Breaks The best shopping in Buenos AiresBarracas, Buenos Aires: the neighbourhood guide
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The Best Scuba Diving in the World & Liveaboards for each Dive Site

By Katie Diederichs, Ben Zweber, Amanda Pointer
If you’re like us, scuba diving is one of those hobbies that you just can’t get enough of. I knew from a very young age that scuba diving was something I wanted to pursue! Some of the people we’ve met on our dives have been doing it for decades, which is pretty inspiring and definitely #lifegoals! We’ve been slowly making a list of “dream dive spots” over the years, based on advice from other divers we’ve met along the way. We hope this list will help spark your interest in diving around the world and maybe even encourage you start plotting your own diving bucket list!
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The best shops in Paraty, Brazil

By Rosalyn Wikeley, Tuesday August
FashionLena Santana’s studio is tucked behind her namesake whitewashed boutique. Her clothes – cotton dresses with Miró-esque designs; silk screen-printed tunics – hang beside beach totes and swimwear, as well as eclectic antiques and kitsch tableware. Salvador-born and London-trained, Santana worked as a costume designer in Rio de Janeiro before setting up her own sustainably led label in Paraty. Address: Rua Comendador José Luiz, 16Centro Histórico, 23970-000, BrazilWebsite: lenasantana.comBrazillian spiritsIn Sítio Santo Antônio, a short ride from Paraty Bay, Cachaça Maria Izabel distillery and farm sits between dense jungle and ocean. Izabel’s brew is the stuff of local legend, using sugar cane grown and distilled on site with near-alchemic yeast-making skill.
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The best ski resorts in Europe

By Saturday November
Pradollano, SpainThe one nearest the beachEurope’s southernmost ski resort, in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Granada, reaches up to 11,150ft, with 70 miles of surprisingly snow-sure slopes that have regularly hosted World Cup ski races. But the best thing about a few days skiing here – perhaps staying at chalet-style El Lodge, the smartest place in this quirky town – is coming down the mountain and heading for somewhere entirely different. It takes 40 minutes or so to drive to Granada, where the great Moorish Alhambra palace is about as far from Alpine style as it gets; it’s barely an hour south to Motril, with its Costa Tropical beaches; and two hours in either direction to the new creative buzz of Málaga or the old Spaghetti Western sets around Almería. Now read:The 10 best skiing breaks by train to take in 2020The 10 best skiing breaks by train to take in 2020 Inspiration The 10 best skiing breaks by train to take in 2020How to organise a skiing holidayHow to organise a skiing holiday (if you've never been skiing before) Inspiration How to organise a skiing holiday (if you've never been skiing before)The best ski resorts in the world
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The best spas in London

By Tuesday October
Spa de La Mer, HarrodsBest spa in London for: pre-night-out prepCult skincare La Mer has been at the top of almost everyone’s beauty wish list for years. And while its appeal and reach is global, amazingly there has been no therapist service available in the UK, until now. In February this year the company opened its first spa treatment room, in Harrods. This powerhouse concoction is only available in its concentrated form in the spa, making the results of the treatment all the more potent. After a light exfoliation, lotion is used to hydrate and prepare the face, various massage techniques follow to warm up the skin (to get the best from the Miracle Broth).
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The Best Solid Toiletries For Travel

By Staff Writer
And while we think these solid toiletries are great for one-bag travel, you're preferences may differ. See Details & Buying Options View on AmazonDr. Bronner's Tea Tree Pure-Castile Bar Solid body wash is nothing new. See Details & Buying Options View on LushFulton & Roark Solid Cologne Packaged in a sleek metal tin, this solid cologne is ideal for travel and any day-to-day adventures. See Details & Buying Options View on LushOther AlternativesWe really dig the solid toiletries, but maybe they’re not your style. And while we think these solid toiletries are great for one-bag travel, you’re preferences may differ.
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The best takeaways in London

By Condé Nast Traveller, Thursday November
Bindas EateryBest for: Indian street foodWhat to order: Butter chicken bomb burgerSince Mehak Kansal’s sell-out Anglo-Indian butter chicken bomb burger took Westfield by storm, Bindas Eatery has recently opened up a permanent residency in central London. On top of this, order small plates of Indian street food to share between you. The restaurant will also be offering set menus for Diwali, which takes place on 14 November. Like all great leftovers, these are delivered cold, to be warmed up on a whim (ideal for changeable working-from-home eating hours). Deliveries are to London only (refer to the map on G.13’s Instagram account where all orders are processed with an easy step-by-step guide).
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The Best Travel Laptops Of 2014 (So Far)

By Anil Polat, Cat Of Sunshine, Robert Bruce, John, Imperative Travel, Wesley Travels, Dave Brett, Marianne Lin
You might be mulling whether or not it’s a good time to upgrade your travel gadgets and in past years when listing the best travel laptops of 2012 I broke them down into categories based on qualities such as price. Once More The Top PickAlthough it will upset a bunch of hipsters to say this, Apple products aren’t inherently better than Windows laptops. Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (Starting at $450) Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Starting at $779) – Prices are dropping quickly on this laptop-tablet lovechild since Microsoft will begin shipping the Surface Pro 3 on June 30, 2014. One drawback of the Surface Pro 2 however is that it averages an hour less of battery life than any of the fully grown laptops mentioned above. Much like cars, peasant foods, or Star Trek costumes and cosplay, there is rarely a single answer to what is the best travel laptop.
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The Best USB Power Banks for Laptops

By Staff Writer
Our pick ZMI PowerPack 20000 The best USB power bank for laptops The ZMI PowerPack 20000 can charge phones and most laptops, and it was the only one we tested that properly charged Asus Chromebooks. The ZMI PowerPack 20000 is the total package. Like the PowerPack 20000, the PowerPack 20K Pro doubles as a hub, so you can plug keyboards or flash drives into the USB-A ports too. It also has the same capacity and the same USB-A output ports. Maximum USB-C output: 45 wattsMaximum USB-C input: 45 wattsNumber of USB-A ports: fourCapacity: 20,100 mAhWeight: 1 poundMost major laptop brands will charge from our power bank picks
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The Bright Artery Of A City: A Photo Essay Of Istanbul’s Istiklal Caddesi At Night

By Anil Polat, Julia, Susan, Travel Junkette, Ryan At Travel, Barbara Weibel, Hulya Polat, Waegook Tom
But the heart and lifeblood of Istanbul breathes from its many neighborhoods and the biggest inhale flows through Istiklal Caddesi (“Istiklal or Independence Avenue”) at night. Istanbul is a city I’ve come to know well over the years and I’m currently using the city as a base to hop around the Caucuses and eastern Europe until mid-May. You’ll find roasted chestnuts (“kestane“), a winter favorite, for sale by vendors on small carts up and down Istiklal Avenue. Along the side-streets of Istiklal is where you’ll find a good assortment of common Turkish street foods. One of my favorites, you eat this common Turkish street food in sandwich form.
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The cheapest nicest winter sun hotels from £55 a night

By Fiona Kerr, Tuesday November, Lux
Far from Canggu’s chia-bowl-scong, concept-store-hopping crowds and Ubud’s timezone-skipping techpreneurs, this is a corner of old Bali. There are other modish touches, too, from the influencer-favourite floating breakfasts served to swimmers to the hot-pink modular daybeds beside the main beachside pool. Lie here long enough and fishing boats from Tejakula village will pull up for you to choose your own just-landed mahi-mahi for supper. The area is known for its community-driven marine-protection initiative, and there’s snorkelling to try out just offshore and the thundering, 98ft Les Waterfall to explore further inland. But mostly, this is a place for guests to steal away and enjoy their prize in peace.
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The coolest places in South Africa right now, according to the next generation of creatives

By Fiona Kerr, Wednesday October
The curator: Khanyisile MbongwaThe award-winning artist and sociologist oversaw the inaugural Stellenbosch Triennale earlier this year and defines her role as curing and caringWhat's the South African scene like at the moment? 'The rise of African biennales, fairs and artist-run spaces has shifted how the global community engages with us. But all of this is informed by the backbone of amazing South African artists, such as Sethembile Msezane and Mary Sibande.' Perpetual Optimism VIII by Mongezi Ncaphayi, shown at the Stellenbosch Triennale Mirjam BleekerWhat part does art play in the conversation on bigger issues? 'IiNyanga Zonyaka (Notes on the Lunar Songbook): Anthi-Patra Ruga', curated by Khanyisile Mbongwa, runs at Norval Foundation until 26 July 2021. stellenboschtriennale.com
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The Bohemian guide to Dubai

By Kate Hazell
SAMPLE FINE FOOD WITHOUT THE FANFARE3 FILSWith only 25 seats, independent eatery 3 Fils fills up quickly, especially on weekends. Address: 3 Fils, Shop 02, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour 1, near Omnia Gourmet, Al Urouba Street, Dubai, United Arab EmiratesTelephone: +971 4 333 4003Website: 3fils.com7. However, you’re still in for a bohemian experience as the concept remains the same. Now set on the water in the middle of Jumeirah’s Fishing Harbor 2, queue up at the window and choose your catch from the huge day’s haul. Grab one of the wooden tables and plastic chairs that litter the patio and sit out under the night sky while they fry it up for you.
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The Falcon, Northamptonshire: a new country retreat that's just 90 minutes from London

By Leah Craig, Wednesday November, In Partnership With, The Great House Barbados
Because this fresh, back-to-the-land opening in a sleepy Northamptonshire village about 90 minutes from London is livening up the place, cementing its status as a community hub while drawing wellness disciples with its restorative ethos. A reimagined coaching inn built in 1594, set against a backdrop of rolling meadows, ancient woodland and Capability Brown-designed gardens. This is a snug, deeply rural spot, and a gathering place for the close-knit locals, with a serious wellness bent. AdvertisementThe FalconBehind the scenesThe Falcon spotlights nature at every turn, with a focus on bringing the outside in. Eyas Restaurant at The FalconRead next Inside Relais Chiaramonte - one of Sicily's cheapest nicest hotels Places To Stay Inside Relais Chiaramonte - one of Sicily's cheapest nicest hotelsWho comes here?
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The hotel openings to know about in 2020

By Fiona Kerr, Friday July
Ambiente, A Landscape Hotel, Arizona, USAHotel opening: Winter 2020Sedona’s psychedelic red-rock vistas are set to get a little trippier with the opening of Ambiente. Clad in reflective dark-bronze glass, each will mirror the silhouettes of the craggy surroundings and blend into the scenery. In 2020, Aman junkies – as the brand’s loyal fans are known – are set to race to New York City’s midtown. Come wintertime, the 85-room Aman New York will open inside the storied neoclassical Crown Building, a Beaux Arts masterpiece. Now read:The best holiday destinations for 2020The best holiday destinations for 2021 Inspiration The best holiday destinations for 2021Travel trends 2020The travel trends to know in 2020 Inspiration The travel trends to know in 2020The holiday trends to know and destinations to book for 2020
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The Gelato Wars of Corniglia

By Cameron Hewitt
“If you want some gelato, I strongly recommend the first gelato place on the main street.” He made severe eye contact with me. I managed to escape that trip without any more conflict…but I could never forget the gelato controversy that raged in little Corniglia. Like JFK and Khrushchev, these two gelato makers are keeping pace with each other as they slowly…slowly…escalate the gelato wars. For these poor villagers, this is just the latest salvo in the gelato wars of Corniglia. So if any Corniglia gelato warriors are reading this, now you know: If you want in the book…make better gelato.
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The Insomniac’s Nightmare Hotel: It’s Gonna Be a Noisy Night

By Cameron Hewitt
In the spirit of Aunt Mildred, this installment of my “Jams Are Fun” series — about when good trips turn bad, and the journey is better for it — involves an insomniac’s worst nightmare. Checking into my hotel on a Saturday night in a small European city, I can tell immediately things will not end well. Plus we have two groups.”“Hm.”“Buuuuut,” she begins helpfully, “your room is at the opposite end of the hall from the wedding. In my next post, I’ll fill you in on my best tips for getting a good night’s sleep on the road. If you savor the Schadenfreude of hearing about good trips gone bad, check out the other posts in my “Jams Are Fun” series.
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The 'Million MAGA March' Didn't Meet Its Target Number, but Brought Violence to D.C. as Expected

By Staff Writer
As the day went on, the Proud Boys and groups of counter-protestors started violently clashing according to the Washington Post. From WaPo:One pro-Trump man attempted to gouge the opposition with a flag bearing the president’s name. Another grabbed a woman’s neon orange poster and hit her with it. When the women made it to the barrier set up by police across the street, Trump supporters filled the entire intersection, blocking them. If you are considering showing up to one of these things as a counter-protestor, be informed—there are no guarantees that the police will protect you.
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The most beautiful places to visit in Australia and New Zealand

By Ash James, Tuesday July
Photographer Ash James spent months travelling through Australia and New Zealand, photographing the coastline, wildlife and pockets of nature found across the two countries. Meanwhile, New Zealand is one of my favourite places I’ve ever photographed – I specifically remember being lost for words at some of the scenery I came across. The South Island is absolute top of my list of places to go back to next.' Keep scrolling to see the most beautiful pictures of these pretty places to visit. The prettiest places in Australia
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The Orsay Museum and Impressionism in Paris

By Staff Writer
The Orsay Gallery, famous for its much-loved collection of Impressionist masterpieces, fills an old train station. But while mainstream artists cranked out these ideal beauties, a revolutionary new breed of artists was painting a harsher reality. Now, artists were freed to delve into the world of colors, light, and fleeting impressions. Renoir paints a waltzing blur to capture not the physical details, but the intangible charm of a restaurant on Paris’ Montmartre. This is a place where locals and travelers alike congregate to marvel at Paris, or each other.
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The Solomon Islands: a water world paradise

By Stanley Stewart, Monday July, In Partnership With, Azores Tourism
That’s money in the Solomon Islands.’ Then I would hand it back while he rummaged for change. ‘Paradise on this wretched earth.’BAROQUE SKIES SWEPT OVERHEAD AS VAST PROVINCES OF SUN CHASED COLUMNS OF RAIN ROUND THE HORIZONS. His plane had gone down somewhere in the Solomon Islands, and when he came home it seemed he was never really fit for work. Now, years later, bound for the Solomons, I thought of the man and that haunting phrase – paradise on this wretched earth. Read next The best places in Athens according to an insider Destinations The best places in Athens according to an insiderLocal woman in Ugele village, Rendova Alistair Taylor-YoungAdvertisementIt was the outlying ones I wanted.
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The Soggy, Sunny Highland Games of Taynuilt

By Cameron Hewitt
“Is this the parking for the Highland games?” I ask. Noticing the pipe band — about eight bagpipers and a half-dozen drummers — starting up the village’s lone street, I decide to tag along. The clan chieftain’s family and pipe band take a lap around the field before announcing the Taynuilt Highland Games of 2015 officially open. Scottish Highland games are like a track meet and a county fair rolled into one. Taynuilt puts on a great Highland games.
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The Tech Gear And Gadgets I Travel With (And Would Recommend To You)

By Anil Polat, Someday I'Ll Be There - Mina, Ryan At Travel
23 Shares PinFor the latest version of this list, check the continuously updated Tech Gear and Gadgets I Travel With. The FundamentalsLaptop: Macbook Pro 15-Inch (Mid 2009) – Until very recently I traveled with two laptops (the other being a Dell Mini 10v), using the latter as a backup. And Of Course… Outlet AdaptersSwiss World Travel Adapter – An all-in-one that covers my poor memory for most of the world’s outlets. World Travel Adapter Plug Set – Being less bulky these adapters work well for outlets that can’t support much weight from a heavy charger. My Macbook Pro travels in a black Incase Neoprene Sleeve to prevent scratches and dings from drops.
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The Travel Collection with Wool & Prince

By Staff Writer
Wool & Prince x Pack Hacker CollaborationWe’ve been working closely with the folks at Wool & Prince for the last year, helping with the design decisions and iterations on the Travel Collection. The Travel Collection consists of the Travel Zip Hoodie, Travel Tee, and Travel Neck Tube. We believe in Merino wool so much that we’ve written a massive guide all about Merino wool clothing. Just like with the other garments in the Travel Collection, the Merino wool brings all those magical Merino wool properties while the nylon boosts durability, and the spandex adds stretchiness. So there you have it—the Travel Collection with Wool & Prince.
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The TravelCard is a credit-card sized travel battery for iPhone and Android users.

By Staff Writer
Now with Two Built-in Charging CablesThe first slimline portable charger with a charge and sync feature. Charge your Phone and The Travelcard with ease. Fits iPhone, USB-C and Android phones The TravelCard Now $29 Free US Shipping Compatible with newiPhones 12, 12 Pro, MiniTravelCard ChargeriPhone / Carbon Grey ($ 29.00) - Sorry, Sold Out iPhone / Silver ($ 29.00) - Sorry, Sold Out iPhone / Gold ($ 29.00) - Sorry, Sold Out iPhone / Black ($ 29.00) iPhone / Red ($ 29.00) iPhone / Blue ($ 29.00) - Sorry, Sold Out iPhone / Emerald Green ($ 29.00) - Sorry, Sold Out Android / Carbon Grey ($ 29.00) Android / Silver ($ 29.00) Android / Gold ($ 29.00) Android / Black ($ 29.00) Android / Red ($ 29.00) Android / Blue ($ 29.00) Android / Emerald Green ($ 29.00) USB-C / Carbon Grey ($ 29.00) USB-C / Silver ($ 29.00) USB-C / Gold ($ 29.00) - Sorry, Sold Out USB-C / Black ($ 29.00) USB-C / Red ($ 29.00) USB-C / Blue ($ 29.00) - Sorry, Sold Out USB-C / Emerald Green ($ 29.00) - Sorry, Sold Out iPhone / Indigo Blue ($ 29.00) Quantity: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $ 29.00
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The Truth About Not Having a Travel Plan

By Katie Diederichs
We have learned a lot about travel and about ourselves along this journey, even though we’ve only been away two months. We have learned that there are some parts about travel that you just NEED TO PLAN. Having no plan has certainly brought some “excitement” to this journey, but we’ve learned that “excitement” in the form of being without a bed or unable to participate in something we’ve been dreaming about isn’t worth the freedom of not having a schedule. We’ve learned that when we are going to a new city, we prefer to have accommodation booked. Once we get to a city though, it’s nice to have the freedom to extend our stay or move elsewhere.
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The Ugly Truths of Being a Travel Blogger Told By Top Travel Bloggers

By Staff Writer
Anytime we meet someone new and the conversation and get asked what we do, we’re always hesitant to say we’re travel bloggers. It’s not because we hate our jobs (although sometimes we do), but because the perception of travel blogging tends to be skewed. But if you step a day in our shoes, you might not think it’s a dream job anymore. After talking to some of the top travel bloggers and influencers and gathering their thoughts, we decided to share the many common themes that give you a glimpse of the worst parts of what goes on behind the scenes. Also, because we want you to see both sides of the story, stay tuned later this month for the flip side – the best perks of being a travel blogger.
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The Traveller edit: What the editors are loving right now

By Condé Nast Traveller, Friday November
), I nibbled on the brownies and liberally added the chutney to anything I could for a few days afterwards. I’ve also bought a picnic blanket – something I doubt I would have even thought about any other year. What we’re doing'A Zoom Temple Spa party. Apparently all we need is a couple of hot cloths and a glass of something (though I'm sure the latter is not obligatory). The therapist will then pop off and send us links to everything afterwards, so we can buy them if we fancy.
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The ultimate travel bucket list

By Condé Nast Traveller, Friday November
The USA from coast to coastKarin Mueller, Senior picture editor'I've always wanted to re-visit an amazing journey through the United States as an adult, which my parents took me on when I was in my early teens and which left a huge impression on me. At the time, of course, I wasn't able to appreciate many aspects of it in a way I would now. My starting point would be some fun-filled days with friends and family in New York - in style, checking out all the trendiest bars and coolest restaurants, staying at an impossibly glamorous place like The Mercer in Soho or the Gramercy Park Hotel. Afterwards I would want to soak up the atmosphere of San Francisco for a while, before embarking on an epic road trip: from the golden sands and sunshine of Los Angeles, past the Grand Canyon and the Native American communities of the desert, then to the gritty streets of St. Louis and Chicago. To finish it off, I'd hop over to the Turks and Caicos Islands, staying at Parrot Cay resort, unwinding in luxury.'
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The Vanilla Cider Cocktail to Warm Your Fall and Winter Excursions

By Dirty Gourmet
This recipe, from Emily, for a hot, sweet vanilla cocktail, sounds like aprés heaven. There are quite a few things worth being outside at night for during the fall and winter months. Cider is the epitome of fall, and hard cider is making a big comeback right now. While trying to decide which overwhelmingly sweet flavored alcohol I was going to buy a whole bottle of, I realized they make airplane bottles of most of the flavors! I narrowed my experimentation down to five, and landed on vanilla vodka as the best choice for this cocktail.
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There's Already a Disturbing Amount of Pandemic Content in the Works

By Staff Writer
Regardless of how you feel, there’s a bunch of pandemic-themed TV and film coming down the pike. A zombie movie, of course: Covid-2021In director Bob Cook's zany reimagining of a pandemic that's killed more than 250,000 people in the US alone, COVID-19 arrives on Earth after space-junk carrying the virus falls from the sky. Another zombie (ish) movie: SongbirdTwo words tell you all you need to know about this thriller: Michael Bay. The first season, which is already available on Hulu, saw them rehearsing via Zoom for a play that got canceled in London. While that's pretty much every COVID-themed project that's been announced so far, about 1,000 more of these things are inevitably going to get made.
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Things to do in London this week: 16 – 22 November 2020

By Sarah James, Monday November
Get a head start on your Christmas shoppingThere are just five weeks left until Christmas – so it’s time to start thinking about presents. Rather than heading straight to Amazon, this year why not get some shopping done at London’s loveliest shopping area, Burlington Arcade? Start ordering gifts from Bespoke at Burlington, a new personalised digital shopping experience. SUPPORT THEATRES FROM HOMEAs world-class theatres from the National to the Old Vic continue to shift focus to streaming platforms, perhaps even more impressive are the much smaller companies leading efforts and raising funds. Curated by Thesp, a newly founded social club for theatre-goers, the book is a moving love letter to the arts, with all proceeds going to Acting for Others, which provides support to theatre workers.
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Things to Do in Santa Cruz Galapagos Island

By Staff Writer
Puerto Ayora Santa Cruz is generally the jumping off point for most people visiting the Galapagos. 1. lodgingBecause we booked everything through a tour group, we were anxious to see our living accommodations since we didn’t quite know what to expect. :P2. food and dining // puerto ayora restaurantsWhen looking around at different restaurants in Puerto Ayora, a lot of the menus were similar and didn’t interest us. Puerto Ayora is the biggest city in all of Galapagos, which means all the other ones are super tiny! Two days was PLENTY of time to explore Puerto Ayora and kept it enjoyable.
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These Dudes Are Banned From Yellowstone for Cooking Chickens in Hot Springs

By Justin Housman
These Dudes Are Banned From Yellowstone for Cooking Chickens in Hot SpringsLast August a small group headed for the Shoshone Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. They had canoes and cooking pots in tow as well as two chickens, brined. After canoeing and hiking toward their chosen camping spot—which was closed at the time—three of the men carefully wrapped the chickens in a roasting bag and a burlap sack and lowered them into a nearby hot spring to cook. It’s illegal to put anything in the hot springs in Yellowstone, whether a coin, a lucky rock, or a chicken. The ranger explained they were in a closed area and weren’t allowed to use the hot springs as a stove and then returned the next day to issue them orders to appear in court.
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This Canadian Island Has Been the Site of a 200-Year-Old Treasure Hunt

By Vice Staff
Sullivan, who ended up spending a month on the island as a member of the show’s crew, said he thinks there is something of “extraordinary significance” buried on Oak Island. Webb subscribes to the belief that there is a gold treasure buried beneath the island—specifically that of a New England ship captain’s—that has yet to be found. One of the first printed accounts of the Oak Island story was published in a letter in the Liverpool Transcript in 1862, penned by J. “Nobody really knows,” he told me, adding he didn’t want his name used—probably so it wouldn’t get back to his employer, since Oak Island is private property. But with so much death and debt having been swallowed by Oak Island since, it begs the question: to what lengths, or depths, will we continue to go?
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This Pineapple Coconut Upside Down Cake is Calling Your Dutch Oven

By Dirty Gourmet
Dirty Gourmet is three women—Aimee Trudeau, Emily Nielson, and Mai-Yan Kwan—who came together after a bike tour across Canada. This recipe, from Aimee, for a pineapple coconut upside down cake is vegan, and a nice call for a wintertime dessert. Our Pineapple Coconut Upside Down Cake is conveniently vegan, making it a bit healthier and easier to execute at your next winter campfire. This one can be made in a dutch oven with access to a campfire. A grate over the campfire would help, to begin by melting coconut oil in the oven, then you’ll slide the dutch oven next to the fire, on top of some hot coals, with a few more on the lid.
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TikTok Is Doing a Better Job at Predicting Outbreaks Than the Government

By Staff Writer
On October 24, El Paso, Texas reported one COVID-related death and a mounting 14.8 percent positivity rate. A day or two later, I saw the TikTok come across my own feed while I sat and scrolled through the app 750 miles away in Houston, a city closer to Tallahassee, Florida, than it is to El Paso. Since then, El Paso judges and officials have tried imposing a curfew, issuing mask mandates, and shutting down nonessential businesses altogether. Meanwhile, blithe social media posts and memes on TikTok are doing a better job of pointing out the obvious—places where people don’t mask tend to experience surging outbreaks—than the government is. Or, they work pretty well when and if there’s some sort of backup from elected officials, whose entire job it is right now to protect their residents.
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Top 15 Things to Do in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

By Katie Diederichs, Ben Zweber
Lake Atitlan is one of the most popular places to visit in Guatemala, and for good reason. Being that Lake Atitlan is easily accessible from the travel hub of Antigua, many travelers add a stay at the lake to their Guatemala trip. There are lots of things to do in Lake Atitlan, plus it’s perfect environment to get away from it all and simply relax. It's no surprise that people often end up staying around Lake Atitlan for much longer than expected. We've been hearing about Lake Atitlan for years, but when it came time to plan our own trip we were a little bit overwhelmed.
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Toledo, Spain’s Historic, Spiritual, and Artistic Capital

By Staff Writer
Spain’s historic capital has 2,000 years of tangled history crowded onto a high, rocky perch. Centuries later, when the Christians conquered the city, they made it Spain’s political and religious capital. Today, while small in population and of minor importance politically, Toledo remains a vital center of culture, art and religion. For centuries, Christians, Jews, and Muslims enjoyed this city together. But that was also the year that Spanish Christians exiled the Jews and successfully kicked the Moors back into Africa.
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Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Staff Writer
Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Before You TravelBefore you travel, consider the following:Is COVID-19 spreading at your destination? Check CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination before planning your trip. Learn more about how to protect yourself from COVID-19 on different types of transportationKnow When to Delay your Travel to Avoid Spreading COVID-19 People who are sick, have recently tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 should delay travel. Learn when and for how long to delay travel to avoid spreading COVID-19.
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Travel Insurance: Don’t you dare travel without this!

By Katie Diederichs
(The first story on there is a perfect example of why you should get travel insurance NOW!) Insurance is something you hope you never need to use, but you get anyway. But often times people forget that their normal insurance typically won't cover stolen items or accidents that occur overseas. As always, we never recommend products or services we don't use ourselves or believe are high quality. What travel insurance should I use?
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Travel's Dirty Secret: The Truth About Ethical Tourism

By Katie Diederichs
With ethical tourism in mind and our hearts in the right place, we convince ourselves that we are contributing to communities in far-flung destinations. We tell others that travel has enlightened us and has allowed us to experience other cultures. We say we are doing something good, pat ourselves on the back and oftentimes put no more thought into the subject. Yes, it creates jobs and provides a (sometimes) steady influx of money to towns that may direly need it. But tourism also brings with it corruption, pollution, over-development, westernization, exploitation, and a cycle of dependence.
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Traveling The World As An Indie Game Developer – With Jaayden Halko

By Staff Writer
Most of my time so far has been focused on building a mobile strategy game called Fourzy which is a tribute to classic four-in-a-row games. I love to chase the warm weather and plan to always live somewhere in Europe or the northern hemisphere summers. The reason I like having it is for travel days when I only want to carry my larger carry-on backpack. Hang Ten Game Disc: This is actually a prototype product I created myself but is great for passing the time with a travel companion. Points are awarded for how far the disc hangs off the edge and the first to 10 wins.
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Traveling Light as a Meditator & Teacher

By Staff Writer
Right now, I'm in the process of moving from Pokhara, Nepal, where I've spent the last 4 months, to Chiang Mai, Thailand. I haven't been at the whole “world traveler” thing for long; this is my first major expedition, and I'm just getting started. Every square inch is utilized for creative carry and storage, and no bag makes all of your gear nearly as accessible. What’s your favorite piece of weird travel gear? You'll find far more specialness off the beaten path, and it'll so far beyond just following the Lonely Planet trail.
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Tripadvisor Reviews of Haunted Hotels

By Staff Writer
Haunted hotels are uniquely terrifying. It’s why The Shining is so damn scary, and why a new book called Ghost Stories of Tripadvisor is so intriguing. The authors, Bompas & Parr, trawled the travel website looking for the most unnerving one-star reviews they could find, and compiled the results. Upon arrivial and noticing it was a very old building I jokingly asked the receptionist who showed us to our rooms if the hotel was haunted. I went to my room and went to bed but left the tv on low so it wasn't too dark etc.
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Tripadvisor Warning on Hotel Puts Thailand's Defamation Laws In Spotlight

By Anthony Esguerra
But Tripadvisor took the unusual step of posting a warning on its page for the hotel. Far more common, and far less covered in the press, were cases where local laws were used to silence dissent. Thailand’s royal defamation laws carry penalties of up to 15 years for comments deemed offensive to the monarchy, though pro-democracy protesters have pushed boundaries during recent demonstrations and usage of the law has declined. “Criminal defamation provisions are ripe for abuse,” Matthew Bugher, head of the Asia program at freedom of speech advocacy group Article 19, told VICE World News. While companies and individuals should have a right to defend themselves against falsehoods, criminal defamation provisions cause more harm than good.
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Trudeau Urges Canadians to Stay Home as COVID Cases Spike

By Anya Zoledziowski, Peter Yeung
As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across Canada, politicians and health authorities are begging Canadians to follow public health recommendations more strictly. There are 52,000 active cases in the country and new cases are increasing rapidly—there were 15 percent more cases this week than last. Speaking candidly, Trudeau admitted the “coming months will be difficult” with winter forcing Canadians inside. He begged Canadians to “step up” and to think of vulnerable Canadians and health care workers when making decisions. For months now, Tam has been warning of a second spike that may occur because of COVID fatigue.
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Turn Your Coffee Table Into a National Park Poster Archive With ‘Parks’

By Justin Housman
Surely somewhere in your home you have a drawer stuffed with national park ephemera. There is something vaguely amusement park like about national parks in the sense that they have an aura that within the boundaries of the park, there is magic. Over the years, designers and artists have managed to capture some of that magic in the printed materials marketing the parks. Photographer and national park enthusiast Brian Kelley’s new book, Parks, is a century of imagery from the parks, collected and beautifully photographed and arranged into a design nerd’s dream. ADVERTISEMENTIt’s a terrific book to flip through, become dizzy with nostalgia, then begin planning your next national park trip, this time with a plan to gather as many printed pieces of art from the park as possible.
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Trump Admin Hurriedly Selling ANWR Oil Leases Before Leaving Office

By Justin Housman
ADVERTISEMENTWhich is about a week before the Biden administration takes office. There are serious concerns about whether recovering oil and gas from ANWR would be economically viable. All of that adds up to a serious question mark for investors in oil and gas companies who would fund development in ANWR. It’s long been part of the Trump White House’s vision of total energy independence, albeit one that relies on greenhouse gas emitting fossil fuels. This is likely to be overturned by the Biden administration too.
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Trump Thought His Secretive Sister Finally Joined MAGA Twitter. So We Called Her.

By Staff Writer
President Trump fell for a fake Twitter account claiming to belong to his publicity-shy older sister Elizabeth. The piece heaped glowing praise on Trump’s older sister, Elizabeth Trump Grau, for breaking years of carefully-guarded silence to step forward and vociferously defend Trump from a new Twitter account, “@thebettytrump.”Except she didn’t. “I’m trying to delete it,” a woman who identified herself as Trump’s sister, Elizabeth Trump Grau, told VICE News, when reached by phone Friday. Elizabeth Trump Grau, 78, has long been the most secretive of the Trump siblings. President Trump and his sister Elizabeth aren’t particularly close, Michael Cohen, president Trump’s estranged former attorney and fixer, told VICE News on Friday.
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Two meters? One meter plus? Social distancing rules prompt fierce debate in U.K.

By William Booth, London Bureau Chief
The overhaul of the distancing rule is also happening under intense political pressure and amid deep economic fear, from the board rooms to the factory floors. ADADIn its embrace of a tough two-meter standard, Britain has been something of an outlier, alongside Spain and Canada. The World Health Organization recommends a distance of “at least one meter.” China, France, Denmark and Hong Kong went with one meter. Two meters of distance is not sustainable for many pubs, where customers traditionally jostle shoulder-to-shoulder to get their orders in. Shaun Fitzgerald, an engineering expert at Cambridge University who helped inform the original two-meter rule, told the London Times, “The thing which is missing from a simple two-meter rule is consideration of other factors, such as time, duration and orientation.”AD“It’s all three that are important,” he said.
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U.S. Reports Nearly 50,000 New Coronavirus Cases, Another Single-Day Record

By Staff Writer
“I don’t think I’m going to be doing it,” he said in April. On Tuesday, Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the Republican chairman of the Senate Health Committee, appealed to the president to wear one. The new entreaties follow months of misinformation, debate and confusion about the question of wearing a mask. Early in the pandemic, government officials instructed Americans not to buy or wear masks. I think masks are good.
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Ultimate Packing List For Long Term Travel

By Katie Diederichs, Amanda Pointer
And when your trip will be longer than a couple weeks and will take you through multiple climates and situations, packing your bag can feel straight up impossible. We’re sharing exactly what we packed on a yearlong trip plus our top packing tips and favorite travel gear. And best yet, this packing list is written for men and women, so everyone can use it. Creating your perfect packing listAs nice as it would be, there is no cut-and-dry packing list that will work for every person for every trip. We created a packing video of when Katie went on a month long trip around the world with the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
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Ultimate Guide to Utah's Mighty 5 National Parks

By Katie Diederichs
Whether you’re planning a vacation with friends or a big ol’ family road trip, Utah’s National Parks make a perfect destination for those who love the outdoors and are looking for a bit of adventure! We’re going to let you in on all our best tips and advice – from avoiding the crowds to getting that perfect photograph. This guide to Utah's Mighty 5 National Parks will get you all set for a trip of a lifetime! We'd recommend at least a week if you want to visit all of the Mighty 5 National Parks. We think 10 - 12 days would be ideal for a trip like this, and would allow you to see some sights outside of the parks as well!
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UK travel quarantine destinations: the latest travel corridors

By Rick Jordan, Friday November
WHAT COUNTRIES ARE EXEMPT FROM THE UK QUARANTINE RULES? Read next What does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel? Now read:AdvertisementThe best holiday destinations for 2021The best holiday destinations for 2021 Inspiration The best holiday destinations for 2021What does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel? Inspiration What does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel? What the latest UK lockdown rules mean for travel
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Vegas: Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam & Route 66 Small-Group Tour

By Staff Writer
Begin your group tour of the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam with a prompt hotel pick-up from your Las Vegas area hotel around 5:30 AM. Head out of Las Vegas well before the big bus tours are finished loading, ensuring more time in the park and space at the viewpoints before the largest bus groups arrive. Continue on your way towards Grand Canyon National Park, stopping briefly in Kingman, Arizona for a coffee and restroom break. Before arriving at the park, stop for lunch along historic route 66 at Seligman, Arizona. Please note: Due to ongoing COVID-19 virus preventative measures, the Hoover Dam is currently closed until further notice
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Venice and St. Mark’s Basilica

By Staff Writer
According to legend, St. Mark actually traveled here, personally bringing Christianity to the region. The grand church of St. Mark’s was built in a distinctly Eastern style. These much-coveted and exquisitely cast bronze horses are a trophy befitting the city’s power. The remains of St. Mark lie beneath the high altar. St. Mark’s bell tower — or campanile — soars 300 feet over the square.
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Venice Glimpses a Future With Fewer Tourists, and Likes What It Sees

By Jason Horowitz
VENICE — For a change, it was the Venetians who crowded the square. Days before Italy lifted coronavirus travel restrictions on Wednesday that had prevented the usual crush of international visitors from entering the city, hundreds of locals gathered on chalk asterisks drawn several feet apart. They had come to protest a new dock that would bring boatloads of tourists through one of Venice’s last livable neighborhoods, but also to seize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show that another, less tourist-addled future was viable. “It can be normal,” he said. The coronavirus has laid bare the underlying weaknesses of the societies it has ravaged, whether economic or racial inequality, an overdependence on global production chains, or rickety health care systems.
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Wandering The World With Shalee Wanders

By Staff Writer
I wanted to know what else was out there and how other people around the world lived. Around five years ago I began my international travels and have only fallen more and more in love with the world since. During many of my travels I'm backpacking/camping, which means my access to outlets and charging ports is minimal. Both elbows have massive holes in them and when I wear it I sometimes think people think I'm homeless. There are so many things to be afraid of in this world, but the best thing you can do is challenge fears.
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Warm Potato Curry Is Perfect for Cold Fall and Winter Day Trips

By Anna Brones
There’s a reason that fall and winter are soup season(s). When you’re exploring in colder weather, it takes more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to tide you over. It also functions as a good base to add ingredients to according to your taste preferences and/or what’s lying around in your refrigerator or cooler. Try cubes of tofu or a can of garbanzo beans, or adding other vegetables like broccoli or red bell pepper. It also can easily be made at camp if you’re in need of a warm and hearty recipe to cook outside.
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Venice: Its Power, Architecture, and Art

By Staff Writer
Get ready to be immersed in the wonder of this continent’s most romantic city: Venice. Venice, more than any other city, is the place to get out early and stay out late — to be swept away. And, until the 16th century, when explorers like Vasco da Gama and Columbus opened up the world leaving Venice stuck in a geographic hole, Venice did dominate. Along with economic might, the splendor of Venice was built upon a foundation of military power. While the Frari has great art in situ — for me, the entire city is art in situ.
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Warm Up Camp With These Easy-To-Make Pumpkin Pancakes

By Staff
We love this recipe for pumpkin pancakes, which make for a cozy, cold-morning breakfast treat. This time of year when Pumpkin Absolutely Everything is in season, it’s easy to throw a container of pumpkin puree in your bag and mix it into your pancakes. You’re basically making yourself a rendition of pumpkin pie for breakfast. I personally like to add raisins and walnuts (or whatever is in your trail mix bag) to these pancakes, as it gives them an additional pop of sweetness as well as some added texture. Besides, if you want this to taste even more like pumpkin pie, you’ll want to top it with a little sweetener.
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Warsaw: WWII, Nazis, Jewish Ghetto, Chopin

By Staff Writer
During the Nazi occupation there were two heroic uprisings: First, the Jewish Ghetto Uprising. Then, about a year later, the entire city rose up against the Nazis in the Warsaw Uprising. As more Jewish people were moved in from the countryside, Warsaw’s ghetto was soon the miserable home of well over a million people. Ghetto Heroes Square — now surrounded by bland Soviet-style apartment blocks — marks the heart of what was the Jewish ghetto. But the Nazis regrouped, and brutally put down the Warsaw Uprising.
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What Americans Need to Know About Europe’s Travel Ban

By Paige Mcclanahan
The situation is changing rapidly, but here is what we know about travel to Europe right now. As of July 1, European nations (all members of the European Union, as well as the non-E.U. China is on the list, “subject to confirmation of reciprocity” — that is, if the country will open its borders to European travelers. The official press statement noted that individual European nations may decide to take a progressive approach to lifting restrictions on travel from the listed countries. It’s possible that the United States will be added to the list if the country’s epidemiological situation improves.
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What does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel?

By Rick Jordan, Thursday November
While this is all looking very hopeful, vaccine trials will continue into December 2020 and will need to receive licences to confirm they are safe. BUT A RETURN TO LESS-RESTRICTED, FURTHER-FLUNG TRAVEL AT SOME POINT IN 2021 IS ON THE CARDS, RIGHT? Start researching and booking your next holiday for when we can travel properly again. Remember though: the vaccine won’t affect the current second wave, so everyone is being asked to abide by the lockdown rules. Now read:Read next A road trip through Jura, France's tiniest wine region Inspiration A road trip through Jura, France's tiniest wine regionUK travel quarantine destinations: the latest travel corridorsUK travel quarantine destinations: the latest travel corridors Corona travel advice UK travel quarantine destinations: the latest travel corridorsWhat the latest UK lockdown rules mean for travelAdvertisementWhat the latest UK lockdown rules mean for travel Inspiration What the latest UK lockdown rules mean for travelWill hotels in the UK close again?
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What Do You Miss About Traveling in Europe?

By Cameron Hewitt
With my 2020 travel plans grounded, it’s now been about 10 months since I set foot in Europe. For those of us fortunate enough to travel frequently, what we really miss is our traveling lifestyle — those everyday joys of being fully in the moment. I miss that “Hey, I’m in Europe!” moment that appears out of the jet-lag haze on the afternoon of arrival. I miss that moment, about a week or two into your trip, where everything starts to fit into your bag perfectly. And I miss that perfect trifecta of running out of deodorant, toothpaste, and shampoo on my last morning of a long trip.
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What it's like to be on safari during lockdown

By Nitin Madhav, Wednesday November
My tickets had been booked since last December but, when it came to it, finding someone to join me on a safari in Tanzania wasn’t easy. Nitin MadhavAdvertisementStill, planning a safari trip was a lot more complicated than I thought it would be. Nitin MadhavRead next The best places in Athens according to an insider Destinations The best places in Athens according to an insiderWhen the plane landed, an open safari vehicle drove up. After university, Mark returned to Tanzania and began working for a safari company before setting out on his own and building Ikuka Safari Camp. Now read:The best locally-owned safari camps in AfricaWhy you should be seeking out black-owned safari camps Inspiration Why you should be seeking out black-owned safari campsThe best African safari camps with guest-funded conservation projectsAdvertisementWhy now’s the perfect time to plan a safari holiday Inspiration Why now’s the perfect time to plan a safari holidayNgorongoro, Tanzania - a guide to the best safaris
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What it's like to trek with snow leopards in Ladakh

By Maggie Shipstead, Saturday October
Snow leopards were up there, going about their business. ‘Conflicts come because snow leopards will sometimes kill livestock, so we work on how to reduce the conflict. ‘They’ve put in 20 years of work convincing villagers that snow leopards are their friends,’ Larry said. If the locals suffer from a sudden lack of income, so too may the snow leopards. In the dusk, the family turned to faint silhouettes, vanishing as snow leopards will.
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What it's like to visit Paris post-lockdown

By Vivian Song
Welcome to post-lockdown Paris, where the new normal is characterized by face masks, floor markings, plexiglass, and hand sanitizer. Related content Iceland now feels like the coronavirus never happenedReinventing restaurantsChez L'Ami Jean has reopened in Paris with new outdoor seatings on a sidewalk. Vivian SongBecause without the hum of its cafés, outdoor patios, bistros and bars, Paris is a strange city indeed. Witnessing Paris without tourists has provided some locals with an understanding of how much international visitors contribute to the city's energy and ambience. Restaurants in Paris are scrambling to reopen after French President Emmanuel Macron declared the first wave of the coronavirus crisis over.
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What to Do and See in 48 Hours » Local Adventurer » Travel Adventures in Las Vegas + World Wide

By Staff Writer
Rome is a highly touristy city, and there aren’t many places you can go to avoid crowds. It doesn’t mesh as well with our travel style, since we gravitate toward more relaxing environments, but our motto is try everything at least once. With only 48 hours in Rome, we decided to make the most of our trip and see all the major landmarks. 7:30PM Break at the hotel9:00PM Night time photos at the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II: who is the first king of unified Italy. This is also the location of the Unknown Soldier Tomb9:15PM Night time photos at the Colosseum: Could not find a great angle for the Colosseum.
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What Winter Asks of Us

By Katie Klingsporn
It’s “White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes. But mostly, there’s that sense of celebration and awe that comes when Mother Nature unleashes something potent enough to interrupt our lives and turn a regular Tuesday morning into a winter adventure. I used to dislike the pre-skiing season, when winter winnows daylight down and the walls of the box canyon obscure my beloved sun. Winter asks things of us. But in order to notice it, we’ve got to imitate the rest of the natural world, and do what winter asks of us.
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What's the best sleeping bag liner on the market?

By Douglas Gantenbein
Silk sleeping bag liners are the nicest—they’re soft, compact, add a little warmth to a sleeping bag or bed, and can be used as a stand-alone sleep cover in very warm climates. A good example is the Cocoon Ripstop Silk Bag Liner/Travel Sheet, which sells for $65 (cocoon.at). Cocoon Ripstop Silk Bag Liner Cocoon Ripstop Silk Bag LinerCotton liners work pretty well for everyday use. Cocoon’s cotton version of its silk bag liner goes for $20. Wool is popping up everywhere, and you now can purchase a Merino wool bag liner from REI for $65 (rei.com).
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What’s Up With All The Cats In Istanbul?

By Anil Polat
Anybody who’s been, lives in, or will be visiting Istanbul, Turkey, is sure to know about its resident cats. Neighborhood cats are often fed by the humans living around them who leave food out in bowls. Collective PetsMost of the cats are friendly particularly in the parks where they’re fed by city workers. As Legal Nomads noticed on her visit,The truth is, of course, that there are many cats Turkey and Istanbul was awash in cats also. A pretty adorable part of Istanbul for a long time, these street cats have done what many indoor cats do, simply endeared themselves to their human pets.
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When Budget Travel is Bad

By Katie Diederichs
Two people were talking about how their travel plans were coming to an end because money was running out. I flashed back to my discussion with that girl with fire in her eyes, and almost wanted to butt in. We didn’t splurge a ton, but we also didn’t try super hard to stay within a budget. So I want to ask this young man, “Did you really expect to travel, sip on the occasional banana lassi, and spend less than $22 a day? Was he given this idea after reading a travel blog?
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When the Louvre Reopens, It’s Going to Be Quiet

By Farah Nayeri
We had 1.2 million visitors, which works out to about €2.5 million in revenue. Will we ever see it in Paris or at the Louvre Abu Dhabi? Has the Louvre received any of those? In 2021, the Louvre will put all of its collections online, and the question of provenance will have been examined in the process. Work has to be done on provenance and on the accessibility of the collections, both to researchers and to the general public.
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Where to go when: the best places to go on holiday

By Lauren Burvill, Thursday August
For more inspiration, see our guide to the best places to visit in the UK. Where to go on holiday in October: 25 top destinations Destinations Where to go on holiday in October: 25 top destinationsTime for a long-haul holiday, a burst of winter sun. The 25 best holiday destinations in November Inspiration The 25 best holiday destinations in NovemberRead next What does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel? Plus the top holiday destinations for winter sun in December, and where to ski at ChristmasWhere to go on holiday in December: 25 top destinations Inspiration Where to go on holiday in December: 25 top destinationsLike this? Now read:The best countries in the world to visitThe best countries in the world 2020 Inspiration The best countries in the world 2020The best beaches in EuropeAdvertisementThe best beaches in Europe for 2020 Beaches The best beaches in Europe for 2020The best cities in the world
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Where to find the world's best bread

By Joanna Weinberg, Friday October
Mostly, though, it was Poilâne bakery that impressed me: its wooden shelves heaped with dusted delicacies and massive rounds of rustic bread stacked up against the wall. Jump to the 5 best bread bakeries in the worldBread at Poilâne Philippe Vaurés SantamariaAdvertisementOver the past few decades, food values have changed radically, and nowhere more so than in the world of bread – specifically sourdough. Bread at Tartine Jakob LaymanRead next The best takeaways in London Eating & Drinking The best takeaways in LondonNow bread has come full circle, with bakers looking to a time when ingredients were grown naturally, less tampered with and, crucially, had more flavour. True leavened loaves, or sourdough, is what bread was before modern yeast was developed in the 19th century. Carob, spelt, wheat, rye, and wheat, plum and walnut bread at Quinoa bakery in Lisbon Sanda VuckovicThere has been a quiet revolution in grain over the past 20 years.
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Where was 'The Secrets She Keeps' filmed?

By James Medd, Saturday July
A taut psychological thriller about modern motherhood, The Secrets She Keeps is based on a novel of the same name by serial bestseller Michael Robotham. BBC PicturesThe Secrets She Keeps also takes a brief trip out of town to visit Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, to the west of Sydney. Style & Culture Where is 'Small Axe' filmed? Style & Culture Where is 'The Luminaries' filmed? Style & Culture Where is 'Little Fires Everywhere' filmed?
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Why Is The Internet In Romania So Damn Fast?

By Anil Polat, Barbara Weibel, Someday I'Ll Be There - Mina, Craig Zabransky, Adrian B., Horatiu Lupea, Claudiu Ceia, Florea Calin, Mila P, Catalin S.
No password required; generally because a commodity as common as an Internet connection here isn’t worth stealing. In fact, Romania has the world’s second fastest Internet at about 15 megabits per second (Mbps), second behind only South Korea. If that reasoning were true, then Bhutan, the latest country online would have the world’s fastest Internet. When they come together here’s how you get the world’s second fastest Internet. I’ve left out many technical details and this is something of an over-simplification; I focused on conveying the major points in response to the question of why Romanians have such a (damn) fast Internet connection.
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Why The Great House in Barbados is the island destination you need to know about

By Friday November
STYLEWelcome to The Great House Barbados, a recently renovated 12-suite villa staffed by a team of 25, where salty ocean air drifts through an expansive complex of lush gardens and beautiful cottages. The original Great House, a turreted building tickled by palms, has ground-floor wheelchair access; the spacious Carriage House caters well for children; the garden-surrounded Hillaby House is even more secluded; and the serene South Cottage has a delightful open-air bathroom. MULTI-GENERATIONAL APPEALThe magic of The Great House is that it makes you feel at home bewilderingly quickly. AdvertisementTHE TEAMThe warm and excellent service at The Great House makes for a breezy, cosseting experience from start to finish. What’s more, many of the team have worked at the house for years, guaranteeing friendly, familiar faces for returning guests.
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Why Uganda is Giles Foden's favourite creative retreat

By Giles Foden, Tuesday November
The previous part of my life had been spent elsewhere in Africa (Malawi, Tanzania, Nigeria, among others), but it was Uganda which would make the most impact on me. Advertisementthe landscape is just as pristine as when Churchill visited, over a century agoBut I also loved being in Kampala, the capital. It has long been a party town, somewhere people come to from other African cities less safe and less fun than Kampala. If you fancy visiting, there are many fine lodges, two of the best being Ndali and Kyaninga. Stunning places both, at the intersection of the Great Rift Valley and the Mountains of the Moon, and set in landscape just as pristine as when Churchill visited, over a century ago.
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Why you shouldn’t cancel your holiday

By Juliet Kinsman, Monday November
And a lot of those people have pretty much lost their jobs without notice due to the impact of coronavirus around the world. As lovers of travel, the best thing we can do for small, independent hotels is show sensitivity and support. Let’s take nature’s lead and consider how to spread better health to those in need during these unprecedented and uncertain times. Now read:My holiday is cancelled: why don't you just give me a refundAdvertisementMy holiday is cancelled: why don't you just give me a refund? Inspiration My holiday is cancelled: why don't you just give me a refund?
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Will hotels in the UK close again? Everything you need to know

By Rick Jordan, Monday November, In Partnership With, The Great House Barbados
Are hotels having to close again in the UK? Pubs, bars and restaurants will be required to close, unless they provide a food takeaway service, and travel within the UK and abroad is not allowed, unless essential for work. For those living in England, holidays within the UK and abroad are not allowed until the lockdown measures are lifted, so many hotels will be closing during this period. Are any hotels open? Scotland has a five-level system in place (0-4), with hotels and holiday accommodation open in levels 0 to 3 inclusive.
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Will we be able to travel this Christmas? All your questions answered

By Rick Jordan, Friday November
Will I be able to see family and friends over Christmas? Many Christmas markets in the UK will be cancelled, for example, and we are being encouraged to prepare for a ‘digital’ Christmas. Isle of Skye Getty ImagesAdvertisementWill I be able to travel in the UK for Christmas? Assuming England’s lockdown is lifted on 2 December, then you may be able to travel overseas. Now read:Read next A road trip through Jura, France's tiniest wine region Inspiration A road trip through Jura, France's tiniest wine regionThe best Christmas lights in LondonThe best Christmas lights in London 2020 Inspiration The best Christmas lights in London 2020The best hotels for Christmas in the UKAdvertisementThe best hotels for Christmas in the UK 2020 Places To Stay The best hotels for Christmas in the UK 2020Where to go at Christmas: 22 ideas
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Win a seven-night stay for four in a beautiful villa on the south coast of Sicily

By Thursday November, In Partnership With, Maisons Pariente, Andronis Luxury Suites
Surrounded by sun-soaked fields and with sweeping views of the sea, Nido d’Estia’s dreamy location is undoubtedly its ace card. Read next Win a weekend in the Lake District Holiday competitions Win a weekend in the Lake DistrictThe winner and up to three guests will enjoy a seven-night stay at Nido d’Estia, depending on villa availability, with flights included for up to £120 per person. The Thinking Traveller is adding properties from which Balearic island to its villa portfolio in 2021? For a clue, see our feature on Why you should book a villa with The Thinking Traveller for 2021In order to see this embed, you must give consent to Targeting cookies. Read next Win a weekend at one of London's coolest hotels Holiday competitions Win a weekend at one of London's coolest hotelsLike this?
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Win a two-night stay at The Bloomsbury and treats at The Doyle Collection’s other London hotels

By Thursday October, In Partnership With, The Thinking Traveller, Shangr-La Hotel At The Shard
In the heart of bookish Bloomsbury, one of London’s prettiest neighbourhoods and on the edge of thrumming Soho, The Bloomsbury is both a splendid oasis and launchpad for exploring the capital. Read next Win a seven-night stay for four in a beautiful villa on the south coast of Sicily Holiday competitions Win a seven-night stay for four in a beautiful villa on the south coast of SicilyAll three hotels are well placed for discovering the surrounding neighbourhoods, with their lesser-known shops, cafés and museums. The winner and a guest can choose their staycation itinerary, with transfers between the Doyle Collection hotels included in the prize. To be in with a chance of winning, answer the question below. For a clue, see our review of The BloomsburyRead next Win a weekend in the Lake District Holiday competitions Win a weekend in the Lake DistrictIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Targeting cookies.
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Win a weekend at one of London's coolest hotels

By Thursday October, In Partnership With, The Thinking Traveller, Lucknam Park
Set on the eighth floor, the spacious room is California-inspired, with lots of natural wood and retro furniture. There’s a balcony overlooking the streets of King’s Cross and even an outdoor bath for a long soak after a busy day exploring the capital. AdvertisementWho designed Coal Drops Yard? For a clue, see our guide to King's Cross' Coal Drops YardIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Targeting cookies. Now read:Read next Win a weekend in the Lake District Holiday competitions Win a weekend in the Lake DistrictWin a weekend at London's coolest new hotelWin a weekend at London’s coolest new hotel Holiday competitions Win a weekend at London’s coolest new hotelThe best Airbnbs to book in the UK and IrelandThe best Airbnbs in the UK and Ireland Places To Stay The best Airbnbs in the UK and IrelandAdvertisement7 Autumnal things to do in London7 Autumnal things to do in London Inspiration 7 Autumnal things to do in London
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Win a weekend in the Lake District

By Thursday November, In Partnership With, The Thinking Traveller
The prize winner and a guest will check into The Swan, a smart hotel in Newby Bridge, near pretty Lake Windermere and River Leven in the Lake District. The Lake District is home to some of England’s most beautiful corners, so The Swan is surrounded by incredible scenery and rugged walks. What is the highest point in the Lake District? For a clue, see our guide to the best walks in the Lake DistrictAdvertisementIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Targeting cookies. Now read:The ultimate Lake District guideThe best of the Lake District Destinations The best of the Lake DistrictThe ultimate Things to do in the Lake DistrictAdvertisement13 things to do in the Lake District Destinations 13 things to do in the Lake DistrictThe most beautiful places in England
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Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial

By Staff Writer
The best place to both remember and learn about the Holocaust is Yad Vashem, back in Jerusalem. This sprawling and beautifully landscaped memorial and museum is dedicated to chronicling, remembering, and learning from the slaughter of 6 million Jews by Nazi Germany. School groups, visiting heads of state, and soldiers are all brought here to appreciate what the Holocaust means to the Jewish people. Yad Vashem also celebrates the creation of modern Israel. Photos of the first settlers show early Zionists returning to their historic homeland — starting as a trickle in the late 19th century, and becoming a flood after the Holocaust.
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YKK zippers: Why so many designers use them.

By Seth Stevenson
YKK, the Japanese zipper behemoth, makes roughly half of all the zippers on earth. Founded by Tadao Yoshida in Tokyo in 1934, YKK stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (which roughly translates as Yoshida Company Limited). YKK even makes the boxes it ships its zippers in. Multiple apparel designers I talked to recalled incidents in which batches of non-YKK zippers failed to meet their standards. Likewise, you almost certainly wouldn’t nix a garment purchase because the zipper isn’t YKK.
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You Asked, She Answered: Here’s How This Adventurer Affords Her Travels

By Justin Housman
She’s paddled across the Atlantic, ridden bikes across Australia and Indonesia, climbed mountains, thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, you name it, she’s done it. ADVERTISEMENTNow I am able to rent out my house, which covers the mortgage payments and gives me a small income. The money from this allows me to buy flights, insurance, and gives me a buffer for any unexpected expenses that may occur. I have supportive parents, and while they don’t give me any money, they allow me to live in their house rent free in-between trips. I don’t know how long I will travel for but this is my normal life now, I can’t see myself returning to a 9-5 anytime soon.”
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