New Year's Destinations Around the World

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The ball has dropped, the fireworks gone off, and the champagne poured; 2013 has come and gone, and 2014 has commenced without hesitation. So while you are making (and maybe already breaking) your New Year’s resolutions, why not add another to that list; make 2014 your year for travel! It’s never too soon to begin planning for next New Year’s, even if you are still cleaning up the mess from last year’s party. The following destinations offer an experience for every type of traveler, in amazing locales across the globe. (more…)

Europe's Most Unusual Museums

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If you have already had the privilege of visiting the Louvre, the British Museum in London, and the Guggenheim, or simply cannot be bothered with the crowds and price tag associated with these establishments, you may find yourself rambling about the streets of Europe without much of a destination. However, many European cities have quirky cultural characteristics that they are very proud of; so proud of, in fact, that they have a museum established to celebrate this certain feature. This list contains four museums where the “average tourist” (not you, of course) may never step foot. (more…)

Travel without Tourists: Four Underrated European Destinations

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An unfortunate part of being a tourist in Europe is the fact that you are one tourist amongst a crowd of hundreds of thousands of others, who usually seem to have identical itineraries to yours. When tourism takes over so much of a city, you lose the honesty and reality of the city’s culture. The following list of cities offers some suggestions of places to give you an authentic and diverse taste of European culture. (more…)

Traveling with Ease Part 2: Smooth Arrivals

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Most airlines do an adequate job of helping you relax while in-flight. But when the plane hits the runway, panic suddenly hits when you realize that you have actually arrived. A major part of flight anxiety is the journey to the unknown, somewhere unfamiliar and out of your comfort zone. But by making a few simple preparations, you can transform that apprehension into excitement.
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Traveling with Ease Part 1: Beat Jet Lag

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We all know that feeling, you step off the airplane after a 12-hour flight unsure of your surroundings, with no idea of what time it is, astounded at the feat of making it to your hotel bed. Upon waking up after an unexpected eight-hour nap, you find it difficult to sleep when it is actually dark outside, starting the vicious jet lag cycle. Jet lag, medically referred to as desynchronosis, can deter many from making the most of their travels abroad. However, there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself and alleviate the awful affects of jet lag. (more…)

4 Great Movies about Travel (And Trips Inspired By the Films)

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Watching a movie about travel offers you the experience of going somewhere new, without having to worry about the airline losing your luggage, converting currency, or grappling with awkward language barriers. However, sometimes watching a movie about traveling can be so inspiring that the next thing you know, you are booking a flight online. This list of movies includes the types of films that may cause this type of reaction; watch at your own risk. (more…)

Festivals are my #happyplace!

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There is something about attending a festival that renews the soul; the people, the activity, and the collective energy are enough to keep you smiling for weeks after the event. Some better known festivals may leave you feeling jaded, due to the dense crowds that may make it impossible to actually enjoy the festivities. However, the following festivals offer unique and unforgettable experiences without having to stand for hours on end, in an unbearable crowd, just to get a glimpse of a parade float. (more…)