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10 Climbing Tips for Beginners

By Staff Writer
After you’re done climbing, don’t use lotion on your hands. When you’re climbing, though, you want to keep your hands as dry as possible. Climbing TermsWhen you start spending time in the gym, it will sometimes feel like people are speaking a different language. Equipment:Rock Climbing Shoes – pretty self-explanatory, but they are tight shoes necessary for climbing. feet of textured climbing surface, there is a yoga studio, showers, social areas, and a gym to help you train.
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10 European Discoveries for 2021

By Cameron Hewitt
The last several years, my New Year tradition has been to assemble a list of 10 European Discoveries. And that’s the theme of my 2021 European Discoveries: 10 places where you might want to settle in for a week, or a few, and really get to know a fascinating corner of our planet. Where are you hoping to slow down and savor our world in 2021? We wanted to savor the delightful market days (jours de marché) that hop from place to place around the bucolic Provençal countryside. If you have the means to travel, as soon as it’s safe, consider booking a return visit.
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10 Important 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. Besides creating a more authentic travel experience for yourself, you are also helping someone create a better life for themselves. We must keep in mind how important it is to show respect to those local customs and traditions when we travel. Start discussions about responsible travel with people in your hostel, hotel or who you are on tour with.
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10 resolutions all travel-lovers should make in 2021

By Juliet Kinsman, Thursday December
Go even slowerDon’t get us wrong: it’s time to travel more – but let’s roam closer to home, then when we go to faraway places, savour longer, slower trips. 10: Geek out on eco infoThere’s more greenwash out there than ever – tune your sustainability antenna with enjoyable ‘edutainment’. Now read:What is sustainable travel? All the terms you need to knowWhat is sustainable travel? All the terms you need to know Inspiration What is sustainable travel?
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10 sustainable destinations to visit in 2021

By Juliet Kinsman, Sunday January
Also worth celebrating for their green and ethical ways…Rwanda gets high-fives for saving the wild mountain gorilla from extinction as does Seychelles for its work boosting biodiversity. All hail Switzerland for its super-slick waste management – it might not sound sexy, but 900 wastewater treatment plants and a recycling rate of 53 per cent is impressive. In the Netherlands, Rotterdam is another winner when it comes to exemplifying circular-economy ways. New Zealand gets points for announcing it intends to have a carbon-neutral public sector by 2025. Now read:10 of the most sustainable cities in the world10 of the most sustainable cities in the world Destinations 10 of the most sustainable cities in the world10 stays in the UK that contribute to conservation projects10 stays in the UK that contribute to conservation projects Places To Stay 10 stays in the UK that contribute to conservation projectsThe most peaceful countries in the world
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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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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)PinCheck 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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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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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 Things to Do in Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

By Staff Writer
100 Lake Shore Dr, 86040, mapWe went on the Canyon Adventure Boat Tour, which took us to Antelope Canyon and Navajo Canyon. Keep in mind that although this is part of the same Antelope Canyon that you can tour on land, this portion of the canyon is filled with water. We also got a chance to see Glen Canyon Dam from the water along with other beautiful formations. When you board, they give you a headset which has pre-recorded info that they play during certain parts of the tour. More: Your Essential Guide to the Upper and Lower Antelope Slot Canyon Tours
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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! Pin11 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)If you’re in Iceland during winter, then you’re probably there to see the Northern Lights!
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11 Unique Things to Do in Congaree National Park

By Staff Writer
If you are a novice paddler or don’t want to bother with your own equipment, sign up for a Ranger Led Canoe Tour. These only happen in the Spring (usually in April and May) and Fall (September to mid-November) on Friday and Saturdays. As they expertly guide you along the river, they will tell you more about the natural and cultural history of the park. Reservations can be made through Recreation.gov and each month’s tours open for reservation on the first of the prior month. The park staff will cancel tours for a number of reasons, like inclement weather, high winds, or unsafe water conditions.
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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. Pin11 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. What’s a small town you’re hoping to explore near you?
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12 memorable lockdown birthday ideas

By Sonya Barber, Wednesday January
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), 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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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. Many cars in Iceland are small and people often travel with camping gear, leaving little room for you, dear hitchhiker.
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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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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 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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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 Fun Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

By Katie Diederichs, Ben Zweber
This means that as crowded as the National Parks can get, there are lots of trails and land that rarely get explored. But now, we always try to get a backcountry permit too and get off the path most traveled… err, hiked. ), we’d highly recommend putting backcountry camping on your Grand Teton itinerary. It is possible to reserve your backcountry permit online, but there are limited permits available and you must know your exact dates. Below are some of the best places for backcountry hiking and camping:Paintbrush CanyonDistance: 20.4-mile loopElevation: 5,721 ftRating: hardView Trail NotesPass by sandy beaches and incredible views of Lake Solitude and String Lake.
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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 Awesome Things to Do in Antarctica (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
From kayaking with whales to swimming in the caldera of an active volcano, here are 17 awesome things to do in Antarctica. The Best Things To Do In AntarcticaThe best things to do in Antarctica reads like an ultimate bucket list for just about any traveller. Nothing will take your breath away quite like watching a humpback whale breach right next to your kayak – one of the best things to see in Antarctica! In the 1900s whaling for oil was growing at a rapid rate and processing plants were eventually established on Deception Island in 1912. Hang Out with PenguinsIf there’s one thing everybody wants to do when they visit Antarctica, it is hang out with penguins.
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17+ Fun Things to Do in Chattanooga TN

By Staff Writer
At Presencia, we work with a team of young leaders from the Buford Highway neighborhood in Atlanta to tutor and mentor the children of immigrants. In addition to their work with Presencia, our staff navigates violence in their homes and neighborhood, immigration issues, poverty, and all the normal challenges of growing up. The city of Chattanooga was the obvious first choice to make this happen. From major tourist attractions to rugged outdoor adventures, Chattanooga, Tennessee is a great city for new experiences. Esther and Jacob met up with the Presencia staff in Atlanta, and we all traveled to Chattanooga, where we learned about ourselves and each other while tackling four challenging new experiences together.
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17 Unforgettable Things to Do in Destin Florida This Year

By Staff Writer
Pin1007 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. Pin4251 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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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 AWESOME Things to Do in Banff, Canada (Epic 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. 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. If you head out into the Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park, your chance of seeing some wildlife goes up drastically.
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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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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 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. 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. PIN IT FOR LATERPin Pin PinPin Pin PinPin Pin PinPin Pin PinPin Pin PinPin Pin PinPin Pin PinPinPinPinPinPinPin ESTHER + JACOB Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 50 travel blogs in the world.
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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 Eco Friendly Travel Products for Responsible Travelers

By Katie Diederichs, Guest Author, 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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26 Simple Ways to Use Less Plastic Everyday

By Katie Diederichs
Use what you already haveWe live in a world where we’re constantly told we need more or we need the newest model. Before heading to the store to make a purchase, ask yourself the following:Do I really need to buy this new? Fix ‘er upGet in the habit of fixing things instead of throwing them away. For example, we eat a lot of sriracha, salad dressings and kimchi, so we started making them ourselves instead of buying them in plastic packaging. Additionally, I make a simple body scrub, face toner, and window cleaner so we don’t have to buy those either.
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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 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 reasons to visit Okinawa in southern Japan in 2021

By Friday January
From food and nature to hotels and history, here are five compelling reasons to visit Okinawa in 2021. History lovers should not miss Funauki village where the dreamy tropical atmosphere belies a dramatic past: a 19th-century coal mine occupied by the Japanese Army during World War II is among several local war sites. Accessible only by boat from jungle-covered Iriomote Island in the Yaeyama archipelago, the village is set on an expanse of ivory-white beach. Stay at Oku Iriomote Cottage and take a chartered boat trip with the friendly owner Ikeda-san. Explore the world of natural plant-dying at Shimaai Farm on Ishigaki Island.
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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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8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Using Frequent Flyer Miles (Keeping You From Getting Free Flights)

By Anil Polat
94 Shares PinAirlines created frequent flyer programs to encourage repeat business from regular travelers. Budget airlines with frequent flyer programs are generally US-based, such as AirTran, Southwest, and Frontier Airlines. Well, your frequent flyer miles aren’t only for you to use, they can be redeemed for anyone you choose. Frequent flyer programs aren’t inherently complicated to use, it’s the cloudy information surrounding them which makes it seem so. What are some of your best tips on using frequent flyer miles and some of the biggest mistakes you’ve made?
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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. PinPinPinPin9 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. PinThe 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 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:Pin9 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 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 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. Pin9 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. Pro-Tips For Visiting Arches National ParkThe park can get really crowded during the summer. Click Here For Best Prices and Hotel ReviewsHave you tried horseback riding through a national park?
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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. Pin9 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 light jacket! Pro tip: Bring a cheap pair of sunglasses to shield your eyes from the sun and the incoming waves.
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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 Creamy Lemon Pesto Pasta For Those Ultralight Backcountry Meals

By Backcountry Foodie
Using dry ingredients also greatly reduces the time spent preparing the meal at home which is another one of our goals. If meals are easier to prepare at home, we hope folks will be less likely to purchase expensive freeze-dried meals online. The recipe packs a load of calories at 998 calories per serving and would easily satisfy a hungry thru-hiker. If the hiker isn’t a fan of ramen, precooked and home dehydrated angel hair pasta or mini bowtie pasta also work well. Less water also means less fuel is required to heat the meal which also reduces pack weight because a small canister can be packed.
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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 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
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 road trip through North Wales

By Rick Jordan, Saturday January
We think of North Wales, with its sky-mirrored, bird-flocked estuaries and reptilian peaks, in shades of green and slate-grey. Discover another Welsh road trip itineraryThe ultimate Wales road trip itinerary Inspiration The ultimate Wales road trip itineraryAdvertisementThe village’s creator, Clough Williams-Ellis, conjured it from memories of Portofino, cocking a snook at Twenties modernist upstarts by upcycling architectural salvage – a Victorian mantelpiece here, a 17th-century ballroom there, Gothic spires and a bell tower – into an Italianate fantasy, his home for fallen buildings, a folly to end all follies. In the past, North Wales may have felt the need to make worldly allusions, but today it seems like a destination comfortable in its own skin. The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T is available in several colours including Elettrico Blu (ferrari.com)Keep scrolling for more pictures of this road trip through North Wales...Read next Where is safe to travel to right now from the UK? Now read:Portmeirion: an insider's guidePortmeirion: an insider's guide Away From The City Portmeirion: an insider's guideThe 10 loveliest hotels in WalesAdvertisementThe 10 loveliest hotels in Wales Places To Stay The 10 loveliest hotels in WalesThe most beautiful places in Wales
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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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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 My Road Trip Essentials – My Perfect Road Trip Bag

By Staff Writer
:) Today I’m participating in a blog hop (details below) and also sharing what I put in my perfect road trip bag. I like to travel light and pack as minimal as possible, but these are my road trip essentials. PinMy Perfect Make Up Bag – All My Road Trip Essentials:Bag / Day Pack – this one is super lightweight and holds everything I need. a Rafflecopter giveawaya Rafflecopter giveawayNow, who would like to see Jacob’s road trip essentials? What would you put in YOUR perfect road trip bag?
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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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An insider's guide to Lagos, Nigeria: a gritty city coming into its own

By Noo Saro-Wiwa, Saturday December, In Partnership With, St George Lycabettus
‘The city’s an experiential space,’ says Alára’s manager Hunderson, a shaven-headed Haitian New Yorker who has lived in Lagos since 2018. Once the main downtown area, this district on Lagos Island has faded in looks and status yet still possesses the organic soul of the city. Read next A guide to visiting Tokyo's best Olympic venues Destinations A guide to visiting Tokyo's best Olympic venuesBut will regeneration happen in the full sense? Lagos has a habit of shaping new corners for the rich rather than improving existing areas for ordinary folk. 34 Macarthy Street, Lagos IslandITAN Test Kitchen: Chef Michael Elégbèdé elevates Nigerian cooking with dishes such as goat shank in ayamase sauce.
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Anker PowerCore 13000 Review: Solid Blend Of Travel Charger Power And Portability

By Anil Polat
Anker’s PowerCore 13000 though sits in a sweet spot. To break it down simply, mAh is a measurement used for battery capacity, the PowerCore 13000 has, well, 13000 mAh, and your iPhone has around 2000. Of course other (*cough* most *cough* Android) phones have larger batteries so you’ll get 4-5 charges out of a PowerCore 13000 on those devices. Having two chargers on the PowerCore 13000 is particularly useful since it doesn’t support quick charging in either direction. Also, it’s worth getting the PowerCore 13000 in your hands a week or two before a trip to make sure it’s working properly.
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Anti-Vaxxers Are Targeting Ethnic Minority Communities With Wild Conspiracy Theories

By David Gilbert
Photo: Marcos del Mazo/LightRocketMore needs to be done to tackle the swathe of anti-vax information on social media platforms targeting ethnic minorities, campaigners have told VICE World News. The conspiracy theory suggested that COVID-19 vaccine is a plot to kill Black people and will be tested in Africa first. “To be honest, the stuff I read on social media is all I have,” she says over Snapchat. [Coronavirus] seems fishy.” She says she has seen social media posts “about how they exaggerate the figures”. Laila says that she doesn’t want to be “too sceptical” but believes that COVID-19 could be used against ethnic minorities.
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Are Doctors Allowed to Give Expiring COVID Vaccine Doses to Walk-Ins?

By Staff Writer
State and city officials quickly responded, saying the message was purely false information and that there were not any doses available for walk-ins. Young, healthy adults have recently received vaccinations at grocery stores and pharmacies after hearing in-store announcements at the end of the day about excess doses, which needed to be used before expiring. So what is the truth about expiring vaccine doses, and whether they may be given out in the event there aren’t enough appointments to use up a clinic’s allotment? Senator Myrie told VICE that there were never excess doses at the Brooklyn Army Terminal clinic last night, and that he does not know if clinics will give out expiring doses in the future. New York state’s vaccine policy, at present, doesn’t address the edge case of expiring doses.
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Ask Someone Who Traveled Around The World Without Using Money: How You Can Save Significantly On Your Next Trip

By Anil Polat
But that’s exactly what my live chat guest did in 2010, trading his way from an apple to a home in Hawaii in 42 steps, taking the scenic route around the world. Since then, the world has been his newsroom: from living with the native Yanomami Indian tribe in the Amazon rainforest to fighting Sumo wrestlers in Japan. For the past decade, Wigge has been spinning around the globe reporting and producing in his trademark style: a hybrid of journalism and comedy. Culture is what drives him to travel and meet others and he is fascinated by the similarities and differences that make the world hum. All of the action takes place in the comments below so don’t be shy and ask away!
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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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Belmond Copacabana Palace review: Rio de Janeiro's most elegant hotel

By Katharina Hahn, Wednesday January
Pool at Belmond Copacabana PalaceAdvertisementWhat are the eco-credentialsThe hotel runs entirely on renewable energy, sources food and flowers from sustainable suppliers, and also supports a number of local charities with fundraisers. Bedroom view at Belmond Copacabana PalaceRead next Are UK hotels open? Suite at Belmond Copacabana PalaceAnything else? Address: Belmond Copacabana Palace, Avenida Atlȃntica 1702, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilBook your stayLike this? Now read:The best restaurants Rio de JaneiroThe best restaurants in Rio de Janeiro Eating & Drinking The best restaurants in Rio de JaneiroWhy you should visit the Amazon right nowAdvertisementWhy you should visit the Amazon right now Inspiration Why you should visit the Amazon right nowRio Carnival: the lowdown
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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 Places to Visit in Nevada » Local Adventurer » Travel Adventures in Las Vegas + World Wide

By Staff Writer
During a week-long visit, we decided to do two of the classic Nevada road trips: The Great Basin Highway & Highway 50 aka the Loneliest Road in America. PinTHE ULTIMATE NEVADA ROAD TRIPTHE GREAT BASIN HIGHWAYWe flew into Vegas and started there, then made our way we headed up to Great Basin National Park making stops along the way. (Baker, NV) – restaurant attached to Stargazer Inn near Great Basin National Park. (Las Vegas, NV) – it was much nicer than we expected and so close to the park. WHERE TO STAY ON HIGHWAY 50Miles End Lodge B&B (Kingston, NV) – our favorite place to stay on Highway 50.
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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 Travel Camera: How to Choose in 2021

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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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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Black Friday in Tuscany

By Cameron Hewitt
Fortunately, “Black Friday” in Tuscany is pure pleasure. Work crews were just setting up the town Christmas decorations, and the golden-stone lanes were ours alone. And my wife and her sister enjoyed the sales clerk’s undivided attention as they tried on some shoes…a perfect early Christmas present for each other. World-famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wines, this town can be a little intimidating for low-end-intermediate wine-lovers like us. Enjoying a stand-up slice of pizza overlooking Montalcino’s main square — not missing stateside strip malls and food courts one bit — we decided we’d had enough shopping for this Black Friday.
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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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Book Flights Using Miles To Protect Refunds Against Airline Cancellation Policies

By Anil Polat
To protect yourself against new, less consumer-friendly airline rules it’s a good idea to use frequent flyer miles more frequently. One way to protect yourself against airline shenanigans is to book flights through one of these major mileage programs. Most of the major airlines quickly return miles (well under 30 days) when they cancel a flight you don’t want to immediately re-book. Using one of the major mileage programs gives you more flexibility to re-book on multiple airlines or routes, as opposed to a single carrier’s mileage program. When You Don’t Have MilesUse the miles you do have – even if they’re not a part of the three major mileage programs.
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Bose Noise-Cancelling Earbuds vs. Sony: How To Choose!

By Anil Polat
Bose and Sony make two of the best over-ear noise-canceling (ANC) headphones on the consumer market. With the new releases of the Sony WF-1000XM3 and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, ANC has made its way into portable buds with varying results. Bose QC, Clunky KingThe QC are function over design… sort of. It’s hard to compare the Bose QC to the Sony WF-1000XM3 in terms of sound quality and ANC since Bose has brought the over-ear quality to their earbuds. A lot to offer when they’re on sale for significantly less than the Bose QC.
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Bridal Veil Falls Trail [CLOSED]

By Staff Writer
A great, quick paved trail for the whole family. Bridal Veil Falls is a 607-foot, double cataract waterfall. The last portion up to the falls is more difficult with wet and loose rocks. There used to be a tram located near the trailhead that took people up to a restaurant located on the cliffs above the falls. The trail may be slippery or muddy by the falls.
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Can You Get Covid-19 on an Airplane? Yeah, Probably

By Adam Rogers, Adam Roger
The airplane cabin turned into the classic indoor, crowded, low-ventilation space you really want to avoid if you don’t want to pick up a respiratory virus like the flu—or, more relevantly today, Covid-19. If everyone’s wearing a mask and the ventilation is blowing, it is indeed difficult to get Covid-19 when you fly. Most scientists and health care workers now agree that the virus that causes Covid-19 can travel through the air, borne aloft in teeny globs of snot. Masks can stop some of them, though probably not all—but hey, nobody really knows how many you have to inhale to get sick, either. In a plane where everything’s working up to spec, the whole cabin gets an air change every two to three minutes.
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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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Chewton Glen, Hampshire hotel review

By Issy Von Simson, Monday August
Junior suite at Chewton GlenRead next The 23 best hotels in the Maldives Places To Stay The 23 best hotels in the MaldivesWhat can we expect from our room? Read next Are UK hotels open? 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 Belmond Copacabana Palace review: Rio de Janeiro's most elegant hotel Places To Stay Belmond Copacabana Palace review: Rio de Janeiro's most elegant hotelLike 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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Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes with Apricot and Fig Compote

By Anna Brones
We all know everyone is in it for the sweet taste of maple syrup. But how many of you are lugging bottles of maple syrup with you on trips? But let’s get back to the discussion of maple syrup. Why is maple syrup so good? While you might not carry maple syrup on the trail, I bet you carry some dried fruit, and in that case, you can make something that’s on par with maple syrup: fruit compote.
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Cleer ALLY PLUS Provide Budget ANC Earbuds For Travelers

By Anil Polat
Cleer’s ALLY PLUS are a pair of ANC earbuds which have recently dropped in price and come with respectable ANC as well. ANC uses reverse sound waves (analyzed by the microphones in the earbuds) to silence the outside world. The ALLY PLUS aren’t as effective as the Bose QuietComfort or Jabra Elite 85h with its ANC. The outside world isn’t completely shut off but its the best ANC under $200 in an earbud I’ve tried. The battery life is decent, package small, and sound quality good enough to be a solid budget ANC option for many travelers.
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Consumer Online Profile And Opt-Out

By Staff Writer
MANAGE YOUR ONLINE PROFILE WITH USAlmost every major Web publisher, advertiser and ad network uses cookies and similar tracking technologies to collect data to optimize advertising effectiveness. DisplayYou can opt-out of receiving ads that are personalized by our clients using our technology by using the opt-out tool below. The opt-out operates by placing a cookie on your device that is unique to the browser and device you use to opt-out. You also can set your browser to notify you when a cookie is being set and to block most cookies, including ours. a smart TV or a set top box) may give you the ability to opt-out of the use of information for advertising purposes.
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Cooking in Mamma’s Kitchen: A Tuscan Autumn on a Plate

By Cameron Hewitt
She taught us how to make a spectacular, yet simple, all-purpose tomato sauce: just olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, salt, and a few red-pepper flakes…simmered and blended to smooth perfection. But she’s wintering in Australia, so instead, her mother Laura invited us into her home kitchen to cook — and eat — an extravagant Tuscan lunch. One thing I’ve learned from cooking in a Tuscan kitchen: Americans are afraid to use nearly as much salt and olive oil as Italians do. Then came the pasta course: handmade ravioli stuffed with nettle greens and ricotta cheese. Into the pot went water, abundant olive oil, a few cloves of garlic, pepper flakes, and a little sachet of fresh sage and rosemary.
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Cooking with Chef Roberto: New Olive Oil and Old Wine

By Cameron Hewitt
But for a more refined take on Italian cooking, we joined Chef Roberto behind the scenes at his restaurant. Chef Roberto greets us at the door, takes our dripping coats, and offers us a glass of wine. With playful eyes under curly black hair, and a constant wry smirk, Chef Roberto seems relaxed. Sipping his wine, Roberto — whose father owns a farm just up the street — explains the critical difference between farm-fresh and store-bought eggs (even “organic” and “free range” ones). For an even better taste of top-quality oil, Roberto thin-slices a baguette and toasts the slices.
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Coronavirus travel advice: everything you need to know

By Sophie Butler, Saturday January, In Partnership With
Does travel insurance cover coronavirus cancellations? Read next Covid tests for travel: everything you need to know Inspiration Covid tests for travel: everything you need to knowGetty ImagesAdvertisement6. Which travel insurance policy should I buy? For the latest formal FCDO advice on every country in the world see gov.uk and click on travel advice. Now read:Everything you need to know about travel insurance in the era of coronavirusEverything you need to know about travel insurance in the era of coronavirus Inspiration Everything you need to know about travel insurance in the era of coronavirusCovid tests for travel: everything you need to knowAdvertisementCovid tests for travel: everything you need to know Inspiration Covid tests for travel: everything you need to knowHow to avoid germs on a plane
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Covid tests for travel: everything you need to know

By Rick Jordan, Saturday January, In Partnership With
In Ireland, for example, failure to produce a negative test result taken within the previous 72 hours could lead to a fine or even imprisonment. (Even with a negative result, travellers to Ireland still have to self-isolate for 14 days.) Covid tests for travel are not available on the NHS and must be arranged privately. Ireland Getty ImagesRead next A road trip through North Wales Inspiration A road trip through North WalesWhere else can I get a PCR test? UK travel quarantine destinations: the latest travel corridorsAdvertisementUK travel quarantine destinations: the latest news on travel corridors Coronavirus travel advice UK travel quarantine destinations: the latest news on travel corridorsAre UK hotels and Airbnbs open?
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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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Decking the Halls, Italian-Style

By Cameron Hewitt
While Italy lacks a Thanksgiving kick-off to the Christmas season, by late November big cities and little towns are dressing up in their holiday best. In Pienza, the day after Thanksgiving happened to be decorating day. Doing our “Black Friday” shopping in the traffic-free town center, we watched work crews erect a proud Christmas tree on the gorgeous Renaissance square, and lovingly hang garlands along the lanes. Getting a head start on my holiday shopping, I shipped home the perfect presepe for my mother. Direct from Signore D’Auria’s workshop, my mom now has a perfect Italian addition to her crèche collection.
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DJI Osmo Action 2020 Review: Getting Better With Age

By Anil Polat
9 Shares PinIt’s rare that a tech product improves with time but since its release last year, DJI’s Osmo Action has gone from a cheeky upstart to a real contender for best action camera. To find out how good the DJI Osmo Action is in 2020 you can watch the video above or read on. Breaking GroundThe most noticeable feature of the DJI Osmo Action is its front facing screen. Indoors are generally not good shooting conditions for the small lenses of action cameras but the Osmo Action does better than most. Clearly a work in progress as the first action camera by DJI, the Osmo Action is improves and adds features with each software update every 1-2 months.
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Does Traveling Age You Physically?

By Anil Polat
40 Shares PinThere is a lot of evidence to support the mental benefits of traveling and related activities, such as learning to speak tourist before your next vacation. Physically however, jet lag, irregular sleep, and varying leg room all have more subtle, cumulative effects on the rest of our bodies. Here’s what to look out for and all of the treatments you need to keep your traveling body as young as your sexy mind. The same study by the AGOC also found that levels of radiation increase to potentially dangerous amounts during some solar-energetic particle events. Avoid the dirtiest seats on the airplane, wash your hands frequently, and keep your internal alarm clock hydrated to prevent traveler’s constipation.
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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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Domestic Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Staff Writer
Travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. If You Decide to TravelTravel may increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Check CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination before planning your trip. Check CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination before planning your trip. Some travel activities, like the transportation you choose and where you stay, can increase your risk of getting COVID-19.
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Dr. Cora Smith Eaton Was a Suffragist, Physician, and Pioneering Mountaineer

By Anna Brones
On July 30, 1909, Dr. Cora Smith Eaton summited Mount Rainier, along with a group of fellow suffragettes, and planted a “Votes for Women” pennant. It took another ten years before women’s suffrage went national with the ratification of the 19th amendment. Smith Eaton, a charter member and first secretary of local climbing organization The Mountaineers, was not new to women’s suffrage or challenging the status quo. There, she married Dr. Robert Eaton, becoming Cora Smith Eaton. Smith Hall, a residence at the University of North Dakota, is named for Dr. Smith Eaton.
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Driving to Patagonia in a 1973 Ford

By Alex Koeberle
Gleaming back at us was an old station wagon, baby blue and solid steel, bearing a sign: “Se Vende: S Wagon Ford.” From what our limited Spanish could discern, the car was for sale for approximately $1,600 U.S. We backed out of his driveway, the new owners of likely the only surviving 1973 Ford Taunus Wagon. “¡Los dos del Ford!” The two with the Ford. Not wanting to risk spending the rest of our trip budget driving back to Santiago, we reluctantly decided to leave the wagon behind. But our Ford wagon had fulfilled its purpose – perhaps its destiny – to help us reach Patagonia safely.
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DroneMate App Has All The Current Rules For Traveling With And Flying Your Drone Worldwide

By Anil Polat
261 Shares PinDroneMate is an app I created that shows you the international rules for flying a drone in every country in the world. Available for iOS and Android, the DroneMate map is updated regularly from official sources, to make sure the information is as current and accurate as possible. There’s a lot of online hearsay, misinformation, and people who tell you convincingly what the local recreational drone laws are but are often (very often) wrong. The recreational drone use rules around the world change frequently, which is why DroneMate is updated continuously. Available Offline – The map is available offline so you don’t need an Internet connection to use DroneMate when you’re traveling.
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DroneMate Puts All The World’s Drone Laws On Your Phone

By Anil Polat
The world of drone laws and regulations is a confusing and ever changing one. DroneMate, available for iOS and Android, shows you all of the drone laws worldwide, from where it’s free to fly, illegal, or where you need permits. You can also connect with drone pilots worldwide to share you experiences, find out good flying spots, and discuss the latest drone news. You’ll have the complete drone laws, including links to any documents, forms, or registration materials needed will be displayed and it works completely offline! I created DroneMate to help drone pilots fly and travel without breaking any of the drone local rules.
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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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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. Even given the current circumstances, it will be a nice trip.’AdvertisementBoboli Gardens in Florence Getty ImagesWhich is your favourite city? He had travelled to so many places, and he said to us, ‘You just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other’. 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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Emiliano Hotel review: the top stay on Rio de Janeiro's most famous beach

By Katharina Hahn, Wednesday December
The little sister of the Emiliano São Paulo, this stylish hotel has drawn a distinguished crowd after a design-led option. Read next The 23 best hotels in the Maldives Places To Stay The 23 best hotels in the MaldivesBedroom with sea view at Emilano Rio de JaneiroHow about the food and drink? The hotel is at the far southern end of Copacabana beach, with the old fort and its cafés within walking distance, and Arpoador beach – a classic surf and sunset-watching spot – around the corner. Address: Emiliano Rio, Avenida Atlȃntica 3804, Copacabana,22070-001 Rio de Janeiro, BrazilBook your stayLike this? Now read:Read next Belmond Copacabana Palace review: Rio de Janeiro's most elegant hotel Places To Stay Belmond Copacabana Palace review: Rio de Janeiro's most elegant hotelThe best restaurants Rio de JaneiroThe best restaurants in Rio de Janeiro Eating & Drinking The best restaurants in Rio de JaneiroWhy you should visit the Amazon right nowAdvertisementWhy you should visit the Amazon right now Inspiration Why you should visit the Amazon right nowRio Carnival: the lowdown
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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: Mallorca

By Tara Stevens, Friday November, In Partnership With, The Thinking Traveller, Turquoise Holidays
Music by harpist, Olivia Jageurs: @15secondharpThis month, our podcast has been brought to you by The Thinking Traveller, a company that holds exclusive access to the Mediterranean’s best holiday villas. This offer can be redeemed in all of The Thinking Traveller destinations, not just Mallorca. Valid for new bookings only and cannot be applied retrospectively to bookings already made with The Thinking Traveller. Applies to 2021 stays only – stays must be taken before 31st December 2021. The Thinking Traveller reserves the right to change the terms and conditions without notice.
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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, Friday November, The Thinking Traveller, Turquoise Holidays, In Partnership With
Escape Routes Podcast: Catania, Sicily Podcast Escape Routes Podcast: Catania, SicilyAdvertisementContributing editor Jonathan Bastable on Catania, the chic coastal city in Sicily that sits in the shadow of hypnotic Mount Etna. Escape Routes Podcast: Tulum, Mexico Podcast Escape Routes Podcast: Tulum, MexicoEditor-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: Sri Lanka Podcast Escape Routes Podcast: Sri LankaFeatures 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, NigeriaRead next Where is safe to travel to right now from the UK? Escape Routes Podcast: Comporta, Portugal Podcast Escape Routes Podcast: Comporta, PortugalUK editor Issy von Simson on Comporta, Portugal’s lovely, low-key beach town.
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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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Foodie Tuscany

By Cameron Hewitt
It should come as no surprise that our Thanksgiving week in Tuscany was all about the food. I’ll cover each of those foodie experiences in a separate post. As an antipasto, here’s a foretaste of the bountiful food experiences we enjoyed in Tuscany. These plump fruits — which look like bright-orange tomatoes but have a sweet, bright bouquet — dangle from spindly little branches all over Tuscany. At the end of the tour, we dug into a generous lunch of what they grow: wine, cured meats, and bread drenched in vivid-green, new-harvest olive oil.
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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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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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Here's How Much Money You'd Get Under Biden's COVID Relief Plan

By Greg Walters
The move was met with criticism from some progressive Democrats, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez telling the Washington Post, “$2,000 means $2,000. Additionally, a weekly federal unemployment supplement could be boosted to $400, from the $300 set by Congress last month. Increase in the federal minimum wage: The federal minimum wage, currently set at $7.25 an hour, hasn’t budged in more than a decade. Biden is calling on Congress to change that by boosting the minimum wage to $15 an hour—an amount often demanded by activists and workers. His plan also asks that Congress “end the tipped minimum wage and sub-minimum wage for people with disabilities,” according to a summary of the plan.
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History For The Pages At Bibliotheca Alexandrina In Egypt

By Anil Polat
17 Shares PinI’m not sure why Alexandria, Egypt has such a generally understated reputation among Egyptians and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria) is often the center of that blase attitude. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is actually built partially on the site of the Ancient Library of Alexandria, remnants of which were found in 2004. The entire Bibliotheca Alexandrina complex is distinctly Scandinavian in design, with rounded walls and plentiful open spaces revealing its Norwegian creators. The term “library” deceptively hides the extent of how much incredible cultural wealth there is in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and how visually engaging its design is. Aside from its impressive 11 levels of physical space, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina also acts as the only backup of the Internet Archive – which contains collection of all the websites ever created.
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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 I Travelled Across the World This Year Through Pokémon Go

By Matthew Gault, Samantha Cole, Koh Ewe, Harry Cheadle
2020 was Pokémon Go’s best year so far, reaching $1 billion in player spending in the first 10 months alone. Players criticise the game for putting several of its features behind a paywall like extra Pokéballs and Pokémon “storage” to be able to hold Pokémon, candies, potions—everything that makes up the trainer’s tool box. Since 2017, Pokémon Go has hosted a big festival, where players would assemble to win special Pokémon and finish event-based tasks. Another member, Jonas Wosnik from South Germany, has participated in over 50 remote raids. Remote raids have made it possible to truly catch ’em all.
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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 Much Does The Average Passenger Plane Angle Up During Take Off?

By Anil Polat
What feels like a fairly mild angle when you’re inside the plane looks like a mild airshow stunt when you’re watching from the ground, so, how much does a typical passenger plane angle up during take off? Your plane’s angle going up (called the “angle of attack”) varies by the size of the plane, engine power, wind, and load on the aircraft. Angle At A TimePlanes slowly angle up during take off at about 2-3 degrees per second for a Boeing 747. A bit of quick math and using the same Boeing 747 as an example, the average passenger plane has a maximum take off angle of about 10-15 degrees. Nothing More Than FeelingsThe angle of attack will feel more pronounced depending on where you’re sitting in the plane.
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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 Budget Travel to the Coldest Town on Earth

By Mack Lamoureux, Ben Richmond
The average temperature drops to -50 degrees celsius (-58 F) during with the coldest temperature ever recorded at -71 degrees celsius (-95.8 F). We caught up with Saxena to know his experience of travelling to such a cold place which has got no hotels, and more importantly, to know why one would do this. It was -53 degrees celsius when I got there. What do you eat in a place where nothing can ever grow and boiling water freezes in milliseconds? Ice cream is at -15 degrees celsius, but outside weather is -50 degrees, so they joke that to get warm they eat ice cream!
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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 Iceland’s Ring Road: The Ultimate 800-Mile Road Trip

By Cameron Hewitt
Europe’s best road trip circles Iceland, from Reykjavík to Reykjavík, on the 800-mile Highway 1 — the Ring Road. But if you can spare more time, it’s worth investing a full week (or more) in driving the Ring Road. The Ring Road is an 800-mile loop. I did the entire Ring Road in a dinky Hyundai and never felt unsafe or underpowered. The Eastfjords, while majestic, represent the most tedious part of the Ring Road drive.
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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 Earn Frequent Flyer Miles Without Getting More Credit Cards

By Anil Polat
Regardless, credit cards aren’t the only way to earn a chunk of frequent flyer miles at once. Travel Related Things Can Earn You Miles – Car rentals, hotel stays, train rides…pretty much anything that you typically associate with traveling can earn you frequent flyer miles. – Car rentals, hotel stays, train rides…pretty much anything that you typically associate with traveling can earn you frequent flyer miles. Get HackingThere are a number of forums online specifically designed for “travel hackers” looking for the best frequent flyer deals. Ask Your Family And Friends For Leftover MilesThere are probably people in your life who’ve flown in the last year or two and couldn’t care less about their accumulated frequent flyer miles.
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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 Get A Refund For Canceled Flights From Any Airline

By Anil Polat
The best way to get a refund from an airline who’s canceled a flight on you is to protect yourself at purchase. With flight cancellations being so common lately and the airlines adapting their policies to let themselves off the hook, here’s how you can get a refund for a canceled flight from any airline. You’d like to get your money back but the airline policies usually won’t help you. But there is one area where airline policies could still be on your side: frequent flyer miles. Most of the major mileage programs you should be using have different refund policies than regular airfare purchases meaning if an airline cancels a flight, typically they refund your miles back within 30 days.
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How to Get Internet While Traveling On the Road

By Staff Writer
During our 3 months living on the road in an Airstream, the hardest part was not having good or consistent Internet. Panera ending having really fast internet that was equivalent to home cable/DSL, but they were hard to find and the costs of a meal were much higher. Panera ending having really fast internet that was equivalent to home cable/DSL, but they were hard to find and the costs of a meal were much higher. Rent a desk for a few hours, day, or week and get all the fast internet you need. Rent a desk for a few hours, day, or week and get all the fast internet you need.
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How To Handle Visa Overstays And Issues Due To Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

By Anil Polat
The global pandemic falls under force majeure and visa extension fees have been waived. United Kingdom (UK)The latest information can be found here. This extension is applicable to any type of entry stamp (visa on arrival, visa exemption, tourist visa or non-immigrant visa). Note: All nationalities currently holding a 60-day tourist visa can still obtain a 30-day visa extension just like before. TaiwanThe latest announcement:Automatic 30-day extension for foreigners entering Taiwan on or before March 21 with visa waiver, visitor visa, or landing visa (no application is required) (overstayers excepted).
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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 Overcome Your Travel Fears In The New Year

By Anil Polat
The thought of traveling around the world seems daunting but add in the challenge of doing it with no money and it sounds downright scary. Michael Wigge though is someone who did just that in 2013, among other travel challenges. Now, he’s has taken those lessons from the road to teach you how to overcome your own fears. I spoke with Michael on a recent episode of the foXnoMad Podcast and asked how he’s teaching others what fear is and how you can conquer it. It was nice to catch up with Michael after a few years and glean the lessons he’s teaching others from a life of travel challenges with the accompanying highs and lows that comes with the journey.
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How To Rent An Office Anywhere In The World

By Anil Polat
If you only need temporary office space for a month, simply cancel the day you sign up. Otherwise you’re free to use your office days as you please and can book at any of the 3,300 locations the day before. Private Office – Gives you a dedicated private office space, including access to all of the perks and spaces in the other plan types. The private office option usually runs about double the price of a co-working monthly membership. Take a look in my video here of a look inside a Regus/Space temporary office.
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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 Spend 72 Hours In Berlin: Quick Guide To Food, Booze, And Art

By Anil Polat
There’s a lot to do and see in Berlin, Germany but even better more to eat and drink. Start Early Checkpoint CharlieBefore you immediately click away (I see you Berliner) – a lot of people want to see Checkpoint Charlie. Any other day of the week, arrive on an empty stomach to Holy Everest one of the best restaurants in Berlin. East Side Gallery features murals along stretches of the Berlin Wall; excellent for photographs or a nice stroll to digest lunch. Just A TasteThere’s plenty more to eat across Berlin, options for vegans or carnivores, not to mention Christmas markets and summer festivals.
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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 Stick To Your 2017 Travel Resolutions

By Anil Polat
‘2017 Travel Resolutions’), prioritize them, and set schedules to make sure you stay on track. Use The Winner Effect To Knock Out ResolutionsDon’t make the first resolutions you want to tackle be the most difficult. That makes it all the harder to ditch your travel resolutions. Imagine yourself accomplishing each of your travel resolutions and you’re much more likely to believe it’s possible, less risky, and rewarding. A 15 minute dose of confidence and conviction for your travel resolutions and other passions in life.
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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 Travel The World With Literally No Money

By Anil Polat
You don’t need a cent to travel the world and there actually ways to travel without using money. Here are some of the strategies he suggests on his website, How To Travel The World For Free. ​So You Want To Go Camping For The Very First Time – Everything you’ll need to prepare. How To Get Closer To FreeYou’ll notice that traveling without money means sacrifices, mostly to your timing, plans, and privacy. Obviously bartering around the world isn’t for everyone and you’ll need at least a tablet with an Internet connection to accomplish most everything mentioned above.
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How to Visit Kuang Si Falls in Luang Prabang, Laos 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
Everything you need to know about visiting Kuang Si Falls in Luang Prabang, Laos. One of the absolute must-dos in Laos is spending a day exploring the Kuang Si Falls outside of Luang Prabang. How To Get To Kuang Si Falls, Luang PrabangThere is a number of different ways you can get to Kuang Si Falls, and it all depends on your budget, how much time you want to spend and your travel style. Book Your Kuang Si Falls Tour On ViatorRide A Bicycle To Kuang SiIf you’re feeling really fit, one of the best ways to visit Kuang Si Falls is to rent a bicycle from town and ride out there. Tips For Visiting Kuang Si WaterallsHeading to Kuang Si Falls is pretty straightforward, but here are some tips to ensure you have an awesome time there.
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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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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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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 the Grand Canyon, Scientists Struggle to Bring Back the Bugs

By Martin Doyle
The Grand Canyon sneaks up on you. Short-timers in the Grand Canyon, like me, wear quick-dry clothes and wide-brimmed hats only days or hours removed from an outfitter’s store in Flagstaff, Arizona. After the completion of the Glen Canyon Dam upstream of the Grand Canyon in 1966, everything changed. But the combination of tributaries and short bug-rich stretches of the main river is not sufficient to fuel the river food web. They would thus survive long enough to hatch, emerge, and provide additional fuel for the Grand Canyon ecosystem.
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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. Is it safe to fly during the coronavirus? Considering the high air filtration standards, the biggest risk in commercial air travel seems to be the people in your immediate vicinity. 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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Is this the Caribbean's most beautiful island stay for 2021?

By Rosalyn Wikeley, Tuesday January
Aerial view of Jumby Bay AntiguaSet the sceneTucked along Antigua’s north coast, where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, Jumby Bay is a 300-acre island with dreamy palms that slow-dance in the breeze. Pool suite at Jumby Bay AntiguaAdvertisementWhat can we expect from our room? Beachside suite at Jumby Bay AntiguaA final note: is it worth it? Address: Jumby Bay Island, Antigua and BarbudaTelephone: +1 2684 846000Price: Rooms from £1,661 per night, all inclusiveBook your stayLike this? Now read:Read next The best places to stay in Portugal Places To Stay The best places to stay in PortugalThis Caribbean island is back and better than everWhy this Caribbean island is back and better than ever Destinations Why this Caribbean island is back and better than everThe best hotels in the USA, Canada and the Caribbean: The Gold ListAdvertisementThe best hotels in the USA, Canada and the Caribbean: the Gold List 2021 and 2020 Inspiration The best hotels in the USA, Canada and the Caribbean: the Gold List 2021 and 2020The ten best Caribbean restaurants in London
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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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Jabra Move Wireless Review: Headphones For City Travelers

By Anil Polat
The Jabra Move Style Edition wireless headphones are focused on precise sound and portable design, ideal for travelers who spend most of their days in urban jungles. The Move Style Edition are no different, they’re sleek, punching above their cost to look much more expensive than their $99 price tag suggests. With the Jabra Move Style Edition, it’s either around your neck or awkwardly stuffed in a bag, and no, it doesn’t come with a case. Good On The MoveThe Jabra Move Style Edition are excellent headphones on the go in the best of cities, but not in storage. As for the sound quality, not to mention the incredible embedded microphone, the Jabra Move Style Edition is a good choice for many, but not designed for everyone.
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Jabra’s Elite 85h Noise Canceling Headphones Are Designed With AI For Frequent Travelers

By Anil Polat
Active noise canceling (ANC) is a feature reserved for premium headphones but Jabra’s Elite 85h is a jump into the market, bringing artificial intelligence with it while undercutting the competition. The Elite 85h on the other hand analyzes your surroundings automatically, tuning the ANC to let vocals through when needed. Your phone will show two Bluetooth connections to the Elite 85h, not entirely elegant but more of a quirk than a complaint. Beautiful but functional Scandinavian design like their entry-level Move, the Elite 85h automatically pause music when you take them off. There’s a lot to like about the Elite 85h, they’re comfortable to wear, come with a form-fitting case, and impressive AI ANC.
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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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Katherine Heigl's favourite places in the world

By Francesca Babb, Tuesday December
I promised my almost-12-year-old daughter that for one big birthday, maybe her 16th, I will take her to Paris, too.’AdvertisementWhere in the world have you felt happiest? We have five dogs, three cats, and then at our ranch down the road, horses, donkeys, goats, pigs and chickens. I think the woman who owns it used to work for Martha Stewart – she has exquisite attention to detail.’Read next A road trip through North Wales Inspiration A road trip through North WalesUtah Getty ImagesA memorable encounter? I’m really into crystals, so I love a crystal bath. 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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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
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. The wellness operation here is more extensive than previously seen on this stretch of coast. AdvertisementThree holistic programmes – weight loss, sport and detox – mix bespoke nutrition plans, fitness classes and cutting-edge treatments such as cell-regenerating Indiba. 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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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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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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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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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. PinThe 2000 Sculpture by Walter De Maria:PinSometimes 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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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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Nature's Miracle Just For Cats Advanced High Sided Cat Litter Box

By Staff Writer
I use Nature's Miracle disposable cat litter boxes as liners for our plastic litter boxes, and we love them! I decided to go a bit larger, so I bought this Nature's Miracle High Sided Cat Litter Box, with the advertised dimensions of 22.8 x 17.8 x 11. Accordingly, I purchased the Nature's Miracle jumbo disposable cat liners, measuring 21 x 14.5 x 8.38. I decided to go a bit larger, so I bought this Nature's Miracle High Sided Cat Litter Box, with the advertised dimensions of 22.8 x 17.8 x 11. Accordingly, I purchased the Nature's Miracle jumbo disposable cat liners, measuring 21 x 14.5 x 8.38.
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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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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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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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Norway’s Lofoten Islands: Cod Only Knows Their Beauty

By Rick Steves
The Lofoten are a chain of spiky islands way up at the northern end of Norway, well above the Arctic Circle…comparable to the northern reaches of Alaska. To reach the islands, we went to Oslo (already at Alaskan latitudes), then flew due north for about an hour and a half. From there, we side-tripped into the main town of the Lofoten, Svolvær, where we took an RIB (rigid inflatable boat, a.k.a. Enlarge photo Enlarge photoOur favorite stop was the town of Reine, in the middle of a fjord immersed in the most spectacular stretch of Lofoten scenery. However, in a full week in the Lofoten, we never once encountered a single other American.
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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! Our Mongolia / China Border Crossing – Part 2The next morning our Mongolian border exit went relatively smooth.
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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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Pasta-Making Night at the Agriturismo

By Cameron Hewitt
At Agriturismo Cretaiole, Thursday night is pasta night. In front of each small group is an oversized, rough-wood board with just the right texture for rolling noodles. In one corner of the room, our agriturismo host, Isabella, stands at a small table and addresses the group. It’s a steady rhythmic, motion — like waves crashing on a beach: Pull, push, push, rotate. Pull, push, push, rotate.
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People in the UK Could Face EU Travel Ban from 1st January

By Hannah Smothers
But you might want to hold off planning that city break to Lisbon: from the first of January, people in the UK may be banned from travelling to EU countries for non-essential purposes. This is because our coronavirus rate is too high and, as we will no longer be in the EU, stricter rules will apply. There is currently a list of eight non-EU countries designated “safe” enough to allow their citizens to travel to the EU for non-essential purposes. According to a Financial Times report, there are currently no plans to add the UK to the list. As it stands, it remains unclear exactly how long this state of affairs can be expected to last, although the “safe list” is currently reviewed every two weeks.
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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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Possibly The Most Incredible Wave in Surf History Was Ridden Last Week

By Justin Housman
It’s the beautiful and frustrating nature of surfing that there aren’t really standards one can apply to wave size and ferocity. It can’t be said that Mel finally rode a wave of a certain size that surfers have been chasing for years. That decision, to accept the immense danger of the moment, to trust his ability to handle it, is what separates big-wave surfers from small wave surfers that may be far more talented. It’s impossible, even for a surfer, like your author, who has ridden waves for nearly 30 years, to understand what Mel felt at that moment. But the ride as a complete package of wave judgment, skill, immense power, and cartoonish perfection, stands unique and above every other wave ridden in history.
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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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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. PinQUICK 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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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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Reader's Choice Awards 2020: The best hotels in Australasia and the South Pacific

By Condé Nast Traveller, Monday October
Reader's Choice Awards 2020Mark RoperThe best hotels in Australia and New Zealand10. Kokomo Private Island Resort, Yaukuve Levu Island, Fiji. Laucala Island Resort, Fiji. 99.80Read next The 23 best hotels in the Maldives Places To Stay The 23 best hotels in the MaldivesLike this? 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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Reddit's 'Murder Cookies' Have a Surprisingly Wholesome Backstory

By Bettina Makalintal
Although the cookies were last year's fourth-most discussed old recipe, murder beats peanut butter bread any day. [The reports] never explicitly said murder, just suspicious circumstances, but that, paired with the husband moving and how young she was, [implied] murder." "We Googled around and found a newspaper article with that bakery's cookie of the year, aka the murder cookies." Although the dessert had previously been called Cushman's Bakery's "Secret Scotch cookies," a commenter wrote, "Mmm, murder cookies," and the name stuck. Less than six years later, he opened a Cushman's Bakery at the corner of Elm and Kennebec streets.
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Rich Indians Are Making Travel Plans to Get COVID Vaccine in the UK

By James Greig, Varsha Rani
A Mumbai-based travel agent told news agency PTI that some people have raised queries about “how and when and if” they can travel to the U.K. to get the vaccine. “I have told them it is too early to say (whether Indians can get the vaccine in the U.K.). In November, Mumbai-based Gem Tours & Travels announced a coronavirus vaccine tourism package for rich clients who wish to travel to the U.S. We will finalise details only if and when the U.S. government allows outsiders to come and get the vaccine”, Tejas Kapasi, director of Gem Tours & Travels told VICE. Industry experts are cynical about vaccine tourism and if it is even a good idea.
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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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RIP Rusty Rodas, The Only Influencer Account I Ever Really Needed

By Hilary Oliver
I followed and unfollowed many other dog “influencer” accounts, too, enjoying the dopamine release of gazing at their sweet, big eyes. You can say whatever you want about influencer accounts in general, and pet influencer accounts specifically. Over the years, Kelsey Rodas shaped Rusty’s profile and image to reflect the kindness she saw in him. “Rusty wouldn’t walk through a doorway without dropping to his stomach, and crawling through, shaking with fear. Even off leash, he’s constantly checking back in with us and I see firsthand the kindness that Rusty, or Kelsey, had been talking about all those years.
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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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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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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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SafetyWing Travel Insurance Review: A Good Plan For Travelers Without One

By Anil Polat
A sprained ankle, appendicitis, the kind of medical emergency you don’t want anywhere, especially without some kind of insurance coverage. The best way to review travel insurance is to actually use it. What SafetyWing CoversHere is their policy at a glance:Robust Coverage – With SafetyWing nomad travel insurance, you’ll be covered for unexpected illness or injury. How Sign-Up WorksAs you can also see above, it’s possible to purchase the travel insurance for less than one month to get a pro-rated policy. Unlike most travel insurance providers, you don’t need to purchase their insurance before your trip, either.
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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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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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Settling in at the Agriturismo: Cretaiole’s Cast of Characters

By Cameron Hewitt
But I’ve never seen one quite like Agriturismo Cretaiole. But it rapidly became clear: This city mouse/country mouse combination was perfect for the Italian concept of agriturismo. An ideal agriturismo, Cretaiole represents the perfect marriage of a real, hardworking farm and an accessible, well-designed travel experience. And rounding out the cast of characters are the guests — many of whom are on their second, third, or sixth visit. There’s no doubt that our fellow guests made our Thanksgiving week experience even more memorable.
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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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Sniffing Out Truffles with Milli

By Cameron Hewitt
When Milli was just ten days old, they began training her to find truffles. Milli enjoys this little truffle treat before continuing on her way. She scurries from tree to tree — sniffing, sniffing, sniffing — then off to the next tree. Keeping one hand on Milli, Paolo uses his special skinny shovel to unearth the truffle with a surgeon’s precision. After just an hour or so, Milli has found two more truffles.
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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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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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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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Steve Bannon Urged Facebook Followers to 'Take Action' on Eve of Capitol Riot

By Staff Writer
See More →At 2:25 p.m. on Jan. 5, almost exactly 24 hours before the Capitol riots began, Steve Bannon posted a Facebook update:“TAKE ACTION. AdvertisementWhile other pages linked to Bannon were taken down by Facebook in November, his “Own Your Vote” group was allowed to operate unimpeded. It promoted baseless conspiracy theories that the election had been stolen, as well as QAnon conspiracy theories. As well as Bannon’s group, six other groups had initially used the “Stop the Steal” name before changing it to something else. This week, Facebook announced it will do more and moved to ban those spreading ‘stop the steal’ disinformation.
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Super Yum: Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew

By Fresh Off The Grid
If you’re looking for something hearty, comforting, and healthy the next time you’re out camping, you need to try this vegan sweet potato peanut stew. If you’re looking for something to warm you up on a cold winter’s evening, then this stew is for you. During these brisk desert evenings having a campfire is nice, but having campfire with a simmering stew on top of it is even better. This particular recipe was inspired by an African peanut stew we saw while leafing through the amazing Oh She Glows cookbook. New Mexico chili powder gives this stew a smoky flavor with just a hint of spice to it.
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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 Staff Writer
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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Thanksgiving in Tuscany: A Treasured Travel Memory

By Cameron Hewitt
If we ever want to “get back to normal” and travel again, it’s time to hunker down and relive favorite memories. A few years ago at this time, I was getting ready to head to Tuscany for Thanksgiving with my wife’s family. Isabella has a knack for understanding what her American clientele are looking for in a trip to Tuscany. Finally, at the end of the week, we did a little “Black Friday” shopping in Tuscan hill towns, and enjoyed the first of Italy’s holiday lights. When I tell people I was in Tuscany for Thanksgiving, their first question is — with a note of concern — “Did you have turkey?”Americans love their Thanksgiving dinner.
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The 10 best places to visit in Europe in 2021

By Wednesday November
The archipelago, 950 miles from the coast of parent country Portugal, is a place of volcanic craters, sulphuric hot springs, breaching whales and surf breaks overlooked by epic stacks. The archipelago of biospheres and marine reserves has also been a quiet paragon of sustainable tourism, a sort of European answer to Costa Rica. There are ferries and small planes to islands such as Faial, Pico and São Jorge, but most of the action happens on Sao Miguel, which is well stocked with good places to stay. This is a timeless sort of place; a deep-nature escape, which feels about right in 2021. Find out more about the Exploring the new wave of eco travel on the Azores
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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 15 best wine delivery services in London

By Emma Hughes, Friday January
Champagne Collective‘Farm-to-table but with more sparkle.’ This is how subscription service Champagne Collective describes its wares. It was soft-launched at the end of 2020 (is there a moment in history when regular deliveries of Champagne to your front door sounded more appealing?) and a monthly fee buys you either one or two hand-picked bottles direct from independent, typically family-run wineries in the French region. Many of the Champagnes are not available in UK supermarkets, which means you get to sample a wider variety of styles and vintages. As you can perhaps tell, deliveries arrive with a bespoke booklet about your curated selection and the people behind it, while a branded bottle stop is included with the first batch to help maintain the bubbles on the off-chance you don't drink it all in one sitting (or sipping).
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The 20 best holiday destinations in April

By Laura Fowler, Wednesday December
A five-day public holiday in mid-April, the country essentially turns into one giant, good-natured water fight, with locals and tourists alike soaking each other in the streets. One of the more enthusiastic places to embrace this soggy ritual is Koh Samui. A world away from flimsy beach huts and lethal bucket ‘cocktails’, Kamalaya is a jungly wellness retreat staffed by monks. Sustainable travel tip: Thai staff who work in busy beach destinations such as Koh Samui must contend with the high costs of living in a tourist town, without comparable wages, so the best thing you can do here is tip – generously, and often. The best islands in Thailand
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The best cocktail deliveries in London

By Emma Hughes, Thursday January
The Sun TavernThis handsome, whisky-focused Bethnal Green bar’s wares are now stocked by hospitality collective The Umbrella Project. There are cork Sun Tavern coasters, too, to really bring the vibe home. Forza WinPeckham’s buzzing rooftop Italian bar and restaurant branched out into local delivery and pick-up last year, and has now helpfully bottled its digestivi for nationwide dispatch. The very collectable range of four includes a Negroni, limoncello, amaretto and clemencello – like limoncello but with clementines; it’s delicious with soda – all with retro labels. You won’t get the views from the Bussey Building while cracking one open on the sofa, but la dolce vita vibes are guaranteed.
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The 23 best hotels in the Maldives

By Lee Cobaj, Friday January
Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah, Baa AtollBest for: total privacyWide-brimmed straw hats off to the Four Seasons. With this five-acre, seven-bedroom, profoundly private island it has raised the proverbial bar. How much or how little you make of Voavah is likely to be your main - your only - concern. You've got the splendours of the Baa Atoll lapping at your shores and your own yacht on which to explore it. It serves to draw your eye outwards, back into the sublime, saturated colour and endless space of sea and sky beyond.
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The Best Credit Card For Travel Perks? Chase Sapphire Reserve Review

By Anil Polat
Fees And No FeesLet’s get Chase’s Sapphire Reserve card fee out of the way because it probably puts a lot of people off at first sight. On the other side, the Chase Sapphire Reserve has no foreign transaction fees, which can add up quickly if you travel internationally often. Small Item (Electronics) Coverage – Anything you buy with the Sapphire Reserve card is insured against damage or theft for the first 6 months (up to $50,000 per year). When you book with the Chase Sapphire Reserve it’s a cost you no longer have to consider. The Chase Sapphire Reserve is a travel credit card with a lot of benefits (no, nobody paid me to write any of this) but isn’t the credit card you want to use if you carry any balance from month to month.
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The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2013: Final Four

By Anil Polat
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. Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India, 99.55Patricia ParinejadThe best destination spas in the USA6. CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa, Arizona, 97.765. Lake Austin Spa Resort, Texas, 98.12Read next 8 of the best Masterclasses for people who love to travel Style & Culture 8 of the best Masterclasses for people who love to travel4. 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 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 farmers' markets in London

By Emma Hughes, Saturday January
Farmers' markets have exploded in popularity over the past decade: pretty much every major neighbourhood, from Clapham to Clapton, now has one. At their best, London’s farmers’ markets are vibrant community hubs and champions of independent businesses. Address: St Paul’s Church, London N16 7UYWebsite: growingcommunities.orgAlexandra Palace AlamyRead next The 15 best wine delivery services in London Eating & Drinking The 15 best wine delivery services in London4. Address: Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PDWebsite: brixtonmarket.netRead next The best takeaways in London for delivery Eating & Drinking The best takeaways in London for deliveryChatsworth Road Market8. Now read:Read next Things to do in London this week during lockdown: 11 – 17 January 2021 Eating & Drinking Things to do in London this week during lockdown: 11 – 17 January 2021London markets: the 20 bestLondon markets: the 20 best Style & Culture London markets: the 20 bestThe best street food in LondonAdvertisementThe best street food in London Eating & Drinking The best street food in LondonThe best neighbourhoods in London
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The best film and TV dramas filmed in Britain

By James Medd, Monday January
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The Best Gear for the Big Game

By Staff Writer
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that sometimes you just have to make the best of the moment that’s right in front of you. The best TVsIf you didn’t score a new TV during gift-giving season, now is a great time to treat yourself, since TV manufacturers often offer discounts around the big game. For those who are willing to pay more to enjoy the best picture quality year-round, OLED TVs offer the best possible performance—but they’re still more expensive than similarly sized LCD TVs. If you’ve cut the cord and no longer have access to live TV, consider getting our favorite HD antenna. Now might be the perfect time for a free trial of a live TV service like YouTube TV or Hulu + Live TV, both of which offer CBS in most areas.
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The best holiday destinations for 2021

By Lizzie Pook, Saturday January, 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. That’s why we’ve taken great care in selecting our top holiday destinations for 2021. On the list you’ll find a geographically diverse range of trips, from eco-cool enclaves in Central America to some of the best places in Europe. 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 All-Around Headphones For Travelers: A Review Of The Bose QuietComfort 20

By Anil Polat
Lightweight reliability in a discreet package are all also assets the Bose QuietComfort 20 Noise-Cancelling combines elegantly. What There Is To Love (Hint: A Lot)Although I’ve been using the QuietComfort 20 headphones as my primary pair for the past few years, before I first put them on I was skeptical. A Price For The PeaceThough the QuietComfort 20 aren’t waterproof or specially designed for use during sports, I’ve found them to be decent jogging headphones. Voted the 2015 Traveler’s Choice by Tripadvisor, these Bose headphones can also eliminate ambient noise when nothing is playing; they don’t even need to be plugged in. Simply put, the Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling are the best headphones a traveler can buy today.
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The best hotels in Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean: the Gold List 2021 and 2020

By Condé Nast Traveller, Originally Published By, Tuesday January
Swahili for ‘suspended in mid-air’, Angama Mara is a clever distillation of the couple’s lifetime experience, understanding what their guests really want. The property is split into two camps of 15 glass-fronted tents, balanced on the rim of the valley. Private access to the Greater Mara Conservancies means that in 10 minutes you’re by the river. During migration, the predator action of a wildebeest crossingis less than an hour’s drive away – close by East African standards. The Angama Foundation’s active role in conservation, education and healthcare, and its support of small businesses, backs this up.
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The Best Hotels in Asia: the Gold List 2021 and 2020

By Condé Nast Traveller, Tuesday January
THE BEST HOTEL IN INDIA 2021BUJERA FORT, UDAIPURA magical toy fort for grown-ups to play in, Bujera is a pure evocation of an Indian story from One Thousand and One Nights, but with better plumbing. Neither had experience as hoteliers when they began this project in 2008 in a rural village with views of the city’s fairy-tale lake and the Monsoon Palace. Partly influenced by These Foolish Things, Deborah Moggach’s novel on which The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is based, they made their dream a reality, hoping to attract guests to their mellow, eclectic English-country house-inspired oasis. You’ll want to stay for 1,001 nights. By Victoria MatherBook your stay
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The best hotels in Mexico and South America: the Gold List 2021 and 2020

By Condé Nast Traveller, Tuesday January
THE BEST HOTEL IN MEXICO 2021VERANA, PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICOEven the most seasoned traveller may have trouble thinking of the last time they stayed in a handmade hotel. Few places can be as intricately and ingeniously imagined as Verana. It may sound romantic, surrendering to the unknown in the pursuit of artistic dreams, but the reality required dedication and true grit. People come to Verana to become less distracted and more connected to themselves. In one of the most beautiful parts of Mexico, the real luxury is space to just be.
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The best hotels in Europe: The Gold List 2021 and 2020

By Condé Nast Traveller, Tuesday January
What’s special about this place, near the glitzy coastal town of Porto-Vecchio, is that it offers both. Regulars and newcomers are embraced like long-lost pals by staff, many of whom have been here for decades. Such an air of comfort only adds to the thrill of the experience, which starts, of course, with the unbeatable location. Heady with the scent of mimosa and native aromatics, it was laid out masterfully by landscape architect Phillipe Niez. Old school and under the radar, just like the best hotels in the Mediterranean often are.
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The best hotels in Australia and New Zealand: the Gold List 2021 and 2020

By Condé Nast Traveller, Originally Published By, Tuesday January
THE BEST HOTELS IN AUSTRALIA 2021COMO THE TREASURY, PERTHThis city was built on land that has been inhabited for millennia by the Whadjuk Noongar people, who observe six seasons, rather than the less nuanced European four. Perhaps the loveliest of these is djilba, the season of conception, which corresponds with the mass blooming that transforms much of Western Australia into the most magnificent display of wildflowers on earth. Or rather, they did, until The Treasury threw open its doors – of which there are no fewer than 11 at street level. The expansive ground and lower-ground floors house several of the best restaurants, cafés and bars in town – though those in the know take the lift to the roof for a table at the world-class Wildflower. The conversion was masterminded by the late Kerry Hill, a Perth-born architect famous for his work with Aman hotels.
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The best hotels in the USA, Canada and the Caribbean: the Gold List 2021 and 2020

By Condé Nast Traveller, Originally Published By, Tuesday January
THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL, LOS ANGELESThere’s money and there’s old money, and in LA it doesn’t get much older than at the Beverly Hills, built in 1912 on Sunset Boulevard, four decades before the street would star in an eponymous film noir. Everyone has stayed at this hotel, from Charlie Chaplin and Grace Kelly to John and Yoko. But you don’t come for the stories, or because Yves Montand and Marilyn Monroe actually did make love here while filming Let’s Make Love. Al Pacino could plop down on a sun-lounger by the vast Hockney-blue pool and all you’d do is order another Daiquiri. Rooms are bright and cheery but restrained, never flashy – designer Alexandra Champalimaud was always going to keep it smart.
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The best hotels in the world: the Gold List 2021

By Condé Nast Traveller, Tuesday January
The Gold List is our edit of the best hotels in the world, classics that have crafted their reputation and outlook over many years, or more recent favourites that have emerged fully formed. The Hot List showcases our favourite new hotels that have opened over the previous 12 months, while the Spa Guide rounds up the best places for wellness treatments and programmes. The Readers’ Choice Awards is the annual selection of your best travel experiences, voted for by readers and including hotels in many categories, all around the world. These are the best hotels in the world, by locationAdvertisementRead next A road trip through North Wales Inspiration A road trip through North WalesLike this? Now read:The best new hotels in the worldAdvertisementThe best new hotels in the world: The Hot List 2020 Places To Stay The best new hotels in the world: The Hot List 2020Reader's Choice Awards 2020
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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 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 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 parks in London right now

By Harry Adès, Wednesday February
ST JOHN’S LODGE GARDENSMeditative beauty in the bosom of Regent’s ParkSome places are too special to go in a guide book. This garden may be one of them. Designed in 1888 as a locus of meditation for the (now private) St John’s Lodge, the garden is no place for crowds – perhaps why its entrance features no formal sign. Your only clue is a beguiling pergola festooned with clematis and wisteria leading to a buffer of sombre yew hedges. Beyond, you’ll find a sunken lawn and a series of interlinking circular enclosures, screened by rings of pleached lime trees, perfect for putting the rest of the world from your mind.
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The Best Outdoor Security Camera

By Staff Writer
Arlo Essentials is the only outdoor Arlo that doesn’t require a base station, which means you’ll need Arlo Smart to store any recordings. It certainly performed better than the Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera, which left huge gaps in between clips, had audio issues (on two different units), and lacks motion-sensitivity controls. Although the Blue by ADT Wireless Outdoor Camera has great battery life, we just can’t recommend a $200 camera that doesn’t offer the ability to zoom video and can’t withstand outdoor temperatures below 14 degrees Fahrenheit. When we first reviewed the Wyze Cam Outdoor, cloud recordings were limited to 12 seconds and only every 5 minutes, as long as there is motion. We eliminated the Maximus Camera Flood Light because it was too easily triggered, and dismissed the Yi Outdoor Security Camera because it has an operating temperature of 5 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as too many audio and alert issues.
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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 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 best things to do in Bath, Somerset

By Claudia Pugh-Thomas, In Partnership With
Address: Nam Store, 22c New Bond Street, Bath BA1 1BAWebsite: No telephoneWebsite: instagram.com/namstore_bathAdvertisementCards at Found Toby MitchellFoundThere is a similar ethos at fashion and home shop Found. Address: Meticulous Ink, 134 Walcot Street Bath, Somerset BA1 5BGTelephone: +44 1225 333004Website: meticulousink.comRead next The best things to do in Covent Garden Destinations The best things to do in Covent GardenBrowse unique galleriesThe Francis Gallery co-founder Rosa Park Rich StapletonGallery NineGallery Nine showcases a thoughtful range of contemporary art, pottery, jewellery and textiles. Read next A guide to visiting Tokyo's best Olympic venues Destinations A guide to visiting Tokyo's best Olympic venuesAddress: Francis Gallery, 3 Fountain Buildings, Bath BA1 5DUTelephone: +44 1225 443220Website: francisgallery.coThe best Bath hotels for the weekendEightEight by name, eight by nature. Address: Hotel Indigo Bath, 2-8 South Parade, Bath BA2 4ABBook your stayLike this? 11 of the best Bath restaurants Destinations 11 of the best Bath restaurantsThe best hotels in SomersetAdvertisementThe best hotels in Somerset Places To Stay The best hotels in SomersetThe best places to visit in the UK
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The Bose QuietComfort 20 Are (Still) The Best Wired Headphones For Travel In 2018

By Anil Polat
12 Shares PinIn 2015, I told you the Bose QuietComfort 20 noise-cancelling headphones were the best a traveler could buy, having used them for a few years by then. After more than 4 years and countless flights later, they’re still the best headphones for travel, assuming you still have a headphone jack on your phone. The Bose Quietcomfort 20 are so good, Bose still sells the QuietComfort 20 as their premier wired, noise-cancelling earbuds, for roughly the original price. Road Tested: Bose QuietComfort 20 Review After 4 YearsIn the video above, I review my original pair to show you how well they have and haven’t held up. At $250, the Bose QuietComfort 20 is a solid investment in good headphones with a feature (noise-cancelling) that frequent flyers will find practically essential after a single use.
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The Best Wi-Fi Mesh-Networking Kits

By Staff Writer
But we tested each of the mesh kits with a mix of Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 devices—just like you’re likely to have in your home for a few years yet—and the Wi-Fi 6 kits we tested didn’t match the CT8’s good speed and excellent coverage. The raison d'être of a mesh network is to provide good Wi-Fi performance all over the house, not just near the base unit. These are services that would cost extra on the Eero, Motorola, and Netgear Orbi mesh kits. The CT8 and the XT8 have the ability to rename the 2.4 GHz network separately from the 5 GHz network. The latter is an ongoing problem with most mesh networks, particularly the Eero line of mesh kits, which locks out most settings in the name of simplicity.
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The Bose QuietComfort Noise-Canceling Earbuds Are Made For Frequent Flyers

By Anil Polat
The new QuietComfort (QC) Earbuds are the first generation of noise canceling earbuds for Bose and it shows. Portable But Not ComfortableAt 3.9 x 2.6 x 2.7cm (1.54 x 1.02 x 1.06 in) the Bose QC are relatively large earbuds which noticeably stick out of your ears. Impressive Sound And True Noise CancelingWhere Bose does know a thing or two about is sound quality and noise cancellation. Travel TradesGiven the powerful noise canceling frequent flyers might be tempted to get a pair of the Bose QC. But if it weren’t for the exceptional sound quality and ANC it would be hard to justify the price.
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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 Craftsmen of Montepulciano

By Cameron Hewitt
Mine’s Montepulciano. But the main reason I love Montepulciano are the people who pass the years here as their families have for generations. This town is famous for its robust Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wine. When it comes to his wine, he’s not just enthusiastic — he’s evangelical. In Montepulciano, you meet people who can’t stop working just because they’re retired.
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The Hostel In Tallinn, Estonia To Book Whether You’re Looking For A Dorm Or Private Room

By Anil Polat
Affordable but maintained like a place that should cost more in a great location, the staff embody what makes FeelGood Hostel a great place in Estonia’s capital city. Both combined with the individually painted walls, the attentive staff all show the effort FeelGood Hostel is putting into being Tallinn’s best. Privacy For Longer StaysThe private rooms at FeelGood Hostel can be harder to come by since many of them are filled with young professionals from abroad. Many others use FeelGood Hostel as a temporary apartment for stays of a month to three, since it’s relatively inexpensive with most of the same features. If you do stay at FeelGood Hostel, I would appreciate you mentioning that you read about it here.
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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 Proud Boy Who Smashed a US Capitol Window Is a Former Marine

By Tess Owen, Mack Lamoureux
Many years later, Pezzola joined the Proud Boys, a far-right street-fighting gang known for street brawls, misogyny, and machismo. The Proud Boys, who usually turn out en masse in their trademark black-and-yellow uniform, have been linked to several acts of violence at pro-Trump protests in Washington, D.C. He later founded the Proud Boys in 2016. McGinnes says he left the Proud Boys in 2018.) Do you have information about the Proud Boys or other extremists’ actions at Capitol Hill?
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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. The Japanese invaded and World War II broke over this place like a hurricane.
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The QAnon Shaman Wants a Trump Pardon for Storming the Capitol

By Staff Writer
Justice is coming,” Chansley said in the threatening note, quoting directing from a message posted last September by the anonymous leader of QAnon. But now a lawyer representing Chansley is calling on President Donald Trump to pardon his client, claiming the QAnon icon only entered the Capitol because he was following directions from the president. “My client had heard the oft-repeated words of President Trump,” Albert Watkins told VICE News in an email. He is not a violent man.”But prosecutors say Chansley is a flight risk and poses a danger to the public. “He is a flight risk due to this combination.”During an interview with the FBI on Jan. 9 in Phoenix, Chansley told agents that he planned to drive to the Arizona State Capitol.
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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 $29 Free US Shipping Compatible with newiPhones 12, 12 Pro, Mini Sorry, the iPhone version is sold out. USB-C and Android versionsare in stock for immediate shipment. TravelCard ChargeriPhone / Carbon Grey ($ 29.00) iPhone / Silver ($ 29.00) iPhone / Gold ($ 29.00) - Sorry, Sold Out iPhone / Black ($ 29.00) iPhone / Red ($ 29.00) - Sorry, Sold Out 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) - Sorry, Sold Out Android / Emerald Green ($ 29.00) - Sorry, Sold Out 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 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 Traveller edit: What the editors are loving right now

By Condé Nast Traveller, Friday January
), 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 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 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 Unkindest Cut: Shepherds, Mud, Dogs that Bite, and Cheesy Polenta

By Cameron Hewitt
He’s brought us here to visit a very traditional shepherd settlement, where people still make rustic cheese as they have for centuries. “Their bark is worse than their bite.” Over the chorus of yelps and growls, the shepherd yells something to Teo in Romanian. Teo explains that every goat and sheep is different, so the shepherds gradually figure out the preferred technique for each one. After 15 minutes, the shepherds dip in a cheesecloth to skim out the curds. Popping it into my mouth, I bite into a decadent, creamy texture — halfway between cheese and polenta — and taste the pungent kick of goat cheese.
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There’s a Lifted, Meaner-Looking Subaru Outback ‘Wilderness’ Coming in 2022

By Justin Housman
There’s a Lifted, Meaner-Looking Subaru Outback ‘Wilderness’ Coming in 2022The Subaru Outback (as well as the taller, shorter Forester) already has impressive off-road chops from the factory. 8.7 inches of ground clearance, a terrific AWD system, plus X-Mode, a sophisticated software suite that outthinks terrain for even more traction. Most crucially, they need highly visible externally mounted shovels. They are reportedly releasing a Wilderness version of the Outback starting in 2022. There appears to be a much tougher roof rack, no doubt to support rooftop tents without having to buy aftermarket rack equipment, and to show off that externally mounted shovel, of course.
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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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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. :PPinPinPinPinPinPin2. 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. Also, there were oddly a lot of italian restaurants in the Galapagos – none of which seemed very good. 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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This Indian State Will Use Palanquins To Take Pregnant Women To Hospitals

By Pallavi Pundir, Sirin Kale
Rural women in the Nainital district in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand have often had to walk several kilometres to reach the nearest hospital even when they’re pregnant, owing to weak road connectivity. To provide them some relief, the district administration has come up with an innovative solution tailored to the hilly terrain. A palanquin service has been initiated to assist women in labour, in going to the hospital. AdvertisementThis move is much needed, since many women have lost their lives giving birth because of the logistical difficulties in the region. This service will be offered to villages that are at least a kilometre away from the nearest road.
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This Man Visited North Korea Over 60 Times. Here’s What Surprised Him Most.

By Louis Dabir, Junhyup Kwon
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shut down the country’s border at the beginning of this year to keep out COVID-19 . I have been fascinated with North Korea for years. Matt Kulesza: For those not familiar, it’s impossible to just rock up to North Korea as a solo or independent traveler. As the foreign tour leader, my job was basically the link between the North Korea tour guides and the tourists. The North Koreans really want to build their tourism industry and they’re generally pretty receptive to suggestions.
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This Map Shows You The Drone Laws For Every Country In The World (Updated Regularly)

By Anil Polat
Many travelers have been caught off guard at customs and having traveled around the world with my drone, can say the rules are often confusing. The map is updated regularly and only applies to recreational drone use – commercial drone use requires a permit in practically any country you can think of. Additionally, some specific tourist sites, parks, and other areas have their own rules concerning drone use, those have been noted as well. Help Me Clear The Grey AreasI’ve tried to organize the map into four main categories:Green : Drone use is generally allowed. I hope this map helps serve as a valuable guide as you travel with your drone around the world!
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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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This T-Shirt Has Embarked on a World Tour Because You Can't

By Snigdha Bansal, Eisha Nair, Matt Selvam
Cooped up indoors through most of 2020, most people wanted to leave and travel as far as they could. That’s when Agarwal came up with the idea of Project HOPE: the travelling t-shirt. A T-shirt that travels across the world, I bet you haven’t heard of that one before. Many agreed, and that’s how the journey of Hope, the Travelling T-shirt began. To ensure the variety of content that is created as part of this project, Agarwal scoured social media to find offbeat artists that represent the signature art of their city.
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This Woman Is Trying to Feed 1,000 Crocodiles on Zero Income

By Staff Writer
But now I don't feed them every day. Now I just think about how to get through the day; don't think too far. If God gives me health, I will continue here alone—although I don't know how long I will last. Well I don’t know whether they like it or not, but I do have my sons. I just hope that a lot of visitors come so that there is money to feed the crocodiles and I’m able to pay the workers' salaries.
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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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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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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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Trump Staffers Are Mysteriously Having Trouble Finding a New Job

By Staff Writer
(AP Photo/James Brooks)With less than a week to go in the Trump White House, staffers are reportedly frantically looking for their next gig. Shockingly, it appears that people who voluntarily worked in the Trump White House have a sense of entitlement. Some White House staffers’ LinkedIn pages play up their ability to adapt to non-political roles. Until recently, White House staff’s troubles in finding a new job after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration was twofold. “We're not taking people who have no credibility,” one media executive told Business Insider bluntly.
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Turkish Airlines Resumes Flights: What To Know Before You Book

By Anil Polat
Turkish Airlines recently resumed many of their flights in limited capacity, giving you some options for air travel after COVID-19 lock downs but there are a few things to know before booking. Flights On, Flights OffAlthough Turkish Airlines is offering flights to many destinations, they’re still often canceling them as well. Covid-19 hasn’t magically disappeared and Turkish Airlines has yet to refund most of its customers for cancellations made as far back as 4 months ago. Travelers are entitled to a refund in the case of cancellations by Turkish Airlines (according to their Passenger Rights) but changed their policies recently to make refunds more difficult to obtain. Situation In FluxMany of the current destinations Turkish Airlines is flying are where some of the highest cases of coronavirus are being reported.
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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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Trump’s Plan To Sell Off ANWR Oil Leases Was Huge Bust

By Justin Housman
The White House’s push to rush sales of oil and gas drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge resulted in a big dud. The lease sale was announced back in November, with the apparent goal of holding the sale just days before the Biden administration took office. All in all, only about $14 million dollars was raised in the lease sales. It was hoped by officials in the White House that the lease sales would generate close to $1 billion. A bust,” said Larry Persily, an oil and gas expert in Alaska, in an Alaskan Public Media story.
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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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UK travel quarantine destinations: the latest news on travel corridors

By Rick Jordan, Saturday January, In Partnership With, Cayo Exclusive Resort
What’s the latest UK travel news? WHAT COUNTRIES ARE EXEMPT FROM THE UK QUARANTINE RULES? As of Monday 18 January, no countries are exempt from UK quarantine rules. The 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? What the latest UK lockdown rules mean for travel
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Up to My Earlobes in Hot Water, in Budapest’s Best Bath

By Cameron Hewitt
The Széchenyi Baths are Budapest’s ultimate thermal spa experience. And before I know it, I’m in my swim trunks and up to my earlobes in hundred-degree water — milky with minerals and steamy with geothermal heat. Feeling the steaming cascade pound and pound and pound against my shoulders, I slip into a meditative trance, losing all track of time and place. It’s the opposite of water torture…it’s water bliss. But it’s comforting to know that the Széchenyi Baths will always be here.
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Van Living: Honest Advice & Tips from Vanlifers

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. Once you're living the dream, the same ideology applies: do I need Starbucks or is the van coffee just as good (even better?). There’s ways to give van life a go without fully committing to buying and converting a van all in one go. It’s so easy to be fooled by the many instagram photos of people living their dream out the back of their Pinterest decorated van space.
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Vaccine Site Uses Credit History to Verify Patients’ Identities

By Staff Writer
When retired web developer Catherine Kunicki tried to sign up for her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in downtown Brooklyn, the AdvantageCare Physicians website rejected her. When Motherboard tested the AdvantageCare Physicians website (as a hypothetical 65+ Brooklyn resident), we confirmed that it is using Experian to verify patients’ identities. The website claims that AdvantageCare Physicians does not get information about a patient’s credit score. But Experian is a credit reporting company and big data company, and the tool the vaccine scheduling website is using verifies identities by using information that shows up in people’s Experian credit histories. One-in-five Americans is “credit invisible” or has poor credit, according to a report from the nonprofit Corporation for Enterprise Development.
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Waiting for Luciano’s Knock

By Cameron Hewitt
Every night at around 9:30 or 10:00, there’s a knock on the guest room doors at Agriturismo Cretaiole. It’s Luciano — the 75-year-old farmer who owns the place — inviting people down to the veranda for a nightcap. As the sprits flow and Frank croons the classics, Luciano nudges his guests to the dance floor. By converting his farm into an agriturismo, she created a bridge between Luciano’s rustic ways and a steady stream of visitors from faraway lands. One day, Luciano invited his agriturismo guests to participate in the olive harvest.
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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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What's the best sleeping bag liner on the market?

By Douglas Gantenbein, The Editors, Wes Siler, Krista Langlois
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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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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What It’s Like To Travel Through Istanbul Airport Right Now

By Anil Polat
Having recently made such a journey, here’s what you can expect if you’re flying through Istanbul Airport. PackingFor those of you flying out of Istanbul Airport be aware there are new packing restrictions mainly around carry-on luggage. Getting ThereFor starters, you’ll need to wear a mask during your entire time in the airport. All the airlines operating out of Istanbul Airport recommend arriving 3 hours before international and domestic flights. You’ll notice long lines at check in starting 4 hours before most flights and keep in mind there’s security to get into Istanbul Airport.
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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. PinPin7:30PM 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 TombPin9:15PM Night time photos at the Colosseum: Could not find a great angle for the Colosseum.
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What To Do In London After Your First Trip

By Anil Polat
This is where I found myself, somewhere in the third or fourth time I visited London, England. Let’s TalkYes, you can see Westminster and the visually jarring London Eye. Go to a pub, have a pint, visit the Tower of London – truly one of the easiest cities to have a first date with. London is not the most approachable place to get to know, it has to warm up to you and you to it. A lot like this city, London; hard to make out if you stick to the center but on occasion can become ever so tangible if you head to the fringes wherever you happen to find them.
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When Should You Cancel Your Travel Plans?

By Anil Polat
Reading past all of the general advice from family, the media, and travel companies it’s easy to get apprehensive and lost in a fog of information; so, just when should you cancel your travel plans? When There’s Targeted ViolenceGovernment travel warnings tend to blanket entire countries without being all that detailed. – Decipher travel warnings and find out specifically where (and if) there’s active conflict and the scope of it. – Decipher travel warnings and find out specifically where (and if) there’s active conflict and the scope of it. Get Your Case In Order – It Ain’t EasySometimes your plans are canceled for you, thanks to the travel companies you’ve booked with.
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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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Where is hot in February? Our top 10 destinations

By Laura Chubb, Friday December
For where's hot in other months, see our guides below:WHERE IS HOT IN JANUARY | WHERE IS HOT IN FEBRUARY | WHERE IS HOT IN MARCH | WHERE IS HOT IN APRIL | WHERE IS NOT TOO HOT IN AUGUST | WHERE IS HOT IN SEPTEMBER | WHERE IS HOT IN OCTOBER | WHERE IS HOT IN NOVEMBER | WHERE IS HOT IN DECEMBERLike this? Now read:The best winter sun destinations – 50 hot spotsThe 50 best winter-sun destinations Inspiration The 50 best winter-sun destinationsWhere to go on holiday in FebruaryWhere to go in February: 20 top destinations Inspiration Where to go in February: 20 top destinationsWhere is hot in December? Where is hot in December? Our top 12 destinations Inspiration Where is hot in December? Our top 12 destinationsScroll down for more images of where's hot in February...
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Where is 'Virgin River' filmed?

By James Medd, Friday November
With a happy combination of all-American values, will-they-won’t-they romance and back-to-nature scenery, Netflix’s Virgin River has proved such a hit that the show has returned to Netflix for a second season. In order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. In the books, Virgin River is specifically placed in northern California, among redwoods, waterfalls and good fishing. In fact, this is Hollywood North, the new filming centre that has sprung up around the Canadian city of Vancouver over the past two decades. Although variety is one of the area’s attractions for film-makers, one of the key locations in Virgin River may be familiar to viewers.
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When will we travel? What the latest lockdown rules mean

By Rick Jordan, Friday January
Can I travel right now? The latest lockdown rules Places To Stay Are UK hotels open? These travel quarantine rules apply to anyone arriving by air, plane or sea. All your questions answeredWhat does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel? Inspiration What does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel?
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Where to go when: the best places to go on holiday

By Lauren Burvill, Thursday August
The 20 best holiday destinations in April Inspiration The 20 best holiday destinations in AprilMay time, play time: not one but two bank holidays for weekend breaks; where to find spring sun in Europe; why May is our favourite month in these North American destinations; plus the little-known islands with year-round sunshine just a four-hour flight away…Where to go on holiday in May: 20 top destinations Inspiration Where to go on holiday in May: 20 top destinationsSummer's here - quick, take a summer holiday before the schools break up! 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 was 'The Great' filmed?

By James Medd, Saturday January
Deadpan, dark and somewhat slapstick, The Great takes the story of Catherine the Great to places you might not have imagined – though knowing it’s the work of Tony McNamara, co-writer of Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, helps to locate the tone. In The Great, we see its endless façade, the sweeping marble staircase and theatre inside, and the considerable gardens, including its five monumental fountains. Style & Culture Where is ‘Bridgerton’ filmed? Style & Culture Where was the 'The Crown' filmed? The best film and TV dramas filmed in BritainAdvertisementThe best film and TV dramas filmed in Britain Style & Culture The best film and TV dramas filmed in Britain10 castles you can rent in the UK and Ireland
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Where to go on holiday in March: 20 top destinations

By Radhika Seth, Monday December
And perhaps nowhere encapsulates these wild ways more than Sabah, at its northern tip: around 55 per cent of this Malaysian territory is tangled with jungle. As March ushers in Sabah’s dry season, orangutans become easier to spot in their natural habitat, while whale sharks assemble around tiny Lankayan Island, known for its radiant reefs. All this confronting the immensity of nature can be taxing, though, so canny adventurers set aside recovery time for Gaya Island: land of infinity pools, cabanas and cocktails. Visit the national parks and rehabilitation centres within the primates’ remaining habitat to demonstrate their value and contribute to conservation. Swimming with whale sharks?
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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. Style & Culture Where is ‘Bridgerton’ filmed? 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 'The Luminaries' filmed? Style & Culture Where is 'Little Fires Everywhere' filmed?
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While We Wait For the Rivians, Here’s an All-Electric VW Bus

By Justin Housman
While We Wait For the Rivians, Here’s an All-Electric VW BusThe Rivians are coming. The electric Sprinter vans are coming. But there are, we’re pretty sure, dozens of EVs just over the horizon, waiting for…well, that’s unclear, but they’re coming. You can, should you have the cash, retrofit pretty much any vehicle you want with an all-electric powertrain. And there’s Zelectric, a California company that takes old air-cooled VWs and electrifies them into modern, clean, quiet, zippy rides.
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Why horse-riding in Patagonia is the ultimate adventure holiday

By Jakob Von Plessen, Monday November
But for him there’s something unique about this part of Argentina, deep in southern Patagonia near the city of El Calafate and the legendary Perito Moreno Glacier. Back at the ranch, serious suppers are served by Christian Menendez, the protégé of fire-lighting chef Francis Mallmann. When not working with the Jakotango founder, Mahon tailors a special trip to the far south of Patagonia, on the Chilean side. There’s only one major road – the National Route 40 – that runs north to south across Argentina, with tracks leading off to farms and homesteads. Now read:Patagonia, Chile, the ultimate road tripThe world's greatest road trip: Patagonia, Chile Epic Adventures The world's greatest road trip: Patagonia, ChileChef Francis Mallmann in PatagoniaAdvertisementThis is the world's ultimate barbecue cookery school Epic Adventures This is the world's ultimate barbecue cookery schoolThe Atacama Desert: take the long way from Argentina to Chile
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Why Is The Internet In Romania So Damn Fast?

By Anil Polat
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 it's important to diversify where you eat

By Anna Sulan Masing, Friday January, In Partnership With
There are many ways to look at 2020, and a recalibration is one: with a world stripped bare, visible cracks have allowed for difficult conversations. Within the food and drinks industry, as in many others, those discussions highlighted that Black and non-white people are minimally represented. Look at restaurant reviews: just two of the 328 businesses featured in major British newspapers last year were Black-owned. The Global North has long been fed by and felt entitled to the food of the Global South. And it’s a conversation that will only continue, because Black and non-white people in the field don’t just want to succeed, we want to thrive.
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Why Packing For 2 Weeks Is No Different Than Packing For 2 Months

By Anil Polat
What you pack before you leave on a trip isn’t absolute – it’s not like you’ve only got one chance to get it right or face catastrophe. People wear clothes and use toothpaste all over the world, you’ll find any essential items at stores no matter where your flight happens to land. Take Only What You Need – It seems basic, but what are the things you’ll use more than once on a 1 week trip? – It seems basic, but what are the things you’ll use more than once on a 1 week trip? If you’re packing to bring home with you, it’s possible you could be missing out on seeing anything else, and carrying more baggage than you think.
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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 We Need Aldo Leopold’s ‘Land Ethic’ Now More Than Ever

By Curt D. Meine
In the broad arc of Western conservation history, the land ethic represented a move away from viewing land as a commodity to be exploited and toward something more aligned with Indigenous views on intergenerational obligations and human kinship with other species. I believe it may contribute to further progress in realizing an ethic of responsibility and reciprocity among people, and between people and land. Based on that understanding, he worked to advance an ethic of care that united humans’ need for justice and compassion toward one another and toward the living land. The land ethic as Leopold framed it was not elitist or exclusionary. Leopold composed “The Land Ethic” in the summer of 1947 as the clouds of World War II were still dissipating.
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Why You Should Sign Up For These Three American Mileage Programs Even If You Don’t Live In The US Or Ever Fly US Carriers

By Anil Polat
154 Shares PinOne of the biggest mistakes you can make with frequent flyer miles, aside from not redeeming them at all, is using miles on an airline-to-airline basis. The Importance Of Funneling Your MilesThere are three major airline alliances: Star Alliance, oneworld, and SkyTeam, founded by United, American Airlines, and Delta, respectively. What most people don’t know is these three airlines – United, American, and Delta – accept miles flown on any of their partner carriers. Most people would claim the first 3,500 miles with Lufthansa’s Miles and More program, then 3,500 with Turkish Airlines’ Miles and Smiles. United Mileage Plus, American AAdvantage, Delta SkyMiles) and hand over the appropriate account number.
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Win a four-night trip to Malaysia worth £10,000

By Thursday December, The Thinking Traveller, In Partnership With, Malaysia Airlines, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Tanjong Jara Resort, Holmen Lofoten
The winner and their guest will begin their journey at London Heathrow before hopping onboard their Malaysia Airline flight. Here, the winner and their guest will check in to a Premier Park View room featuring an enormous bed, and, as the name suggests, knockout views over KLCC Park’s greenery and pretty fountains. Included in the prize is a transfer back to the airport, where this extraordinary trip will end on a high with an indulgent business-class flight back to London. To enter, answer the following question:Langkawi’s waterways run through the dense mangrove fields of which Malaysian ecological park? For a clue, see our feature on 10 things to do in LangkawiRead next Win your dream 2021 staycation with a night each at four top hotels across the UK Holiday competitions Win your dream 2021 staycation with a night each at four top hotels across the UKIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Targeting cookies.
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Win a £6,000 holiday to the Maldives

By Thursday December
The winner and a guest will spend five nights in an Oceanview Pool Villa at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in the North Malé Atoll in the Maldives. The prize also includes a complimentary massage for two at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa, as well as a sunset boat ride for two on the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Kahan’bu catamaran, with sparkling wine and canapés. Rooted in Banyan Tree Group’s founding sustainability ethos, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru has received international recognition for its eco efforts. Read next Win a weekend at a smart London townhouse hotel Holiday competitions Win a weekend at a smart London townhouse hotelBanyan Tree Vabbinfaru has two sister properties in the Maldives, Angsana Ihuru and Angsana Velavaru. Now read:The best travel deals for 2021AdvertisementThe best travel deals for 2021 Inspiration The best travel deals for 2021Members' Club: exclusive deals for Condé Nast Traveller readers
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Win a weekend at a smart London townhouse hotel

By Thursday January, In Partnership With, Ace Hotel London, Which Author Was Arrested At The Hotel In
The winner and a guest will spend two nights at The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel London in Chelsea, a stylish West London neighbourhood. Its five adjoining buildings have made up a hotel since 1887 but were renovated by Belmond and reopened as The Cadogan in 2019. AdvertisementThe Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel London is set in the centre of vibrant Chelsea, known for its chic boutiques and fine-dining spots. For a clue, read our review of The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel London as part of our Hot List 2019. Now read:Things to do in London 2020: the ultimate guideThings to do in London 2020: the ultimate guide London Things to do in London 2020: the ultimate guideThe best restaurants in London right nowAdvertisementThe best restaurants in London right now Eating & Drinking The best restaurants in London right nowThe most beautiful restaurants in London
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Win your dream 2021 staycation with a night each at four top hotels across the UK

By Thursday January, In Partnership With, Banyan Tree Group, Nobu Hotel London Portman Square, Malaysia Airlines, Scarlet Hotel, The Greek Villas
Enjoy a night each at the Kimpton Fitzroy London, Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel in Edinburgh and Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester. AdvertisementKimpton Blythswood Square Hotel in GlasgowOn another weekend in 2021, the prizewinner and a guest will check into Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow (pictured above). Kimpton hotels are known for providing incredible service in signature bold and playful settings, and great perks such as free bikes to explore your surrounding destination and free drinks at a daily Social Hour. Read next Win a £6,000 holiday to the Maldives Holiday competitions Win a £6,000 holiday to the MaldivesThis competition closes on 7 March 2021. Now read:The best hotels in LondonThe 30 best hotels in London Places To Stay The 30 best hotels in LondonAfternoon Tea in London 2021: Your Ultimate GuideAdvertisementAfternoon tea in London 2021: your ultimate guide Eating & Drinking Afternoon tea in London 2021: your ultimate guideThe ultimate guide to Manchester
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Wonderful Wales: Land of Stone Castles, Red Dragons, and Slate Rooftops

By Cameron Hewitt
The road takes me to the hobbit-cute village of Beddgelert, where stony houses huddle around a stony bridge. The entire town looks like it’s risen straight up from the Welsh landscape…and, in a sense, it did. “They don’t mine slate like they used to,” he grumbled, explaining that the original miners dug deeper for higher-quality slate. Wales is not quite “undiscovered.” (Lonely Planet recently named North Wales one of its “Top Ten Destination,” about which the local tourist board made much hay.) I was in Wales updating our Rick Steves Great Britain guidebook, which has all the details on everything mentioned here.
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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. AdvertisementFounded 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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