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Hudson Valley’s Many Attractions

The Hudson Valley region is one of the country’s most scenic, relaxing destinations. The beautiful mountain views, outdoor activities, and cultural opportunities that await make this a top travel getaway for many. Besides the relaxation elements of the area, there are many things to see and do in the Hudson area. Here are 10 of the top attractions in Hudson Valley. 1. Take a taste of Hudson Valley’s famous wines...

The World’s Best Outdoor Music Venues

Summer concert season has begun, and I am itching to attend many of the outdoor music festivals I’ve heard about on the web. There’s something about listening to music outdoors that just adds so much to the experience, don’t you think? While I must confess that I haven’t been to many of the world-famous outdoor concert venues on this list, here are some of the ones that I’ve placed high on my...

Travel Around the United States Many Attractions

The United States is filled with an abundance of beautiful attractions. From stunning natural landmarks, beaches, and waterworks, to monuments, skyscrapers, buildings and beyond, the United States has so much to explore. Some people are fortunate enough to have these attractions in their backyards, while others may never see them unless they travel and traveling to a variety of popular attractions can become expensive....

Alert Bay: Culture and Nature Combined

  I’ve noticed in my travels that oftentimes, tourist destinations (particularly the very, very touristy ones) work far too hard to create an attraction at the expense of the local culture and environment. Sometimes, rather than embracing the unique features that would attract visitors, the local people and wildlife are exploited or suppressed in favor of making money. The best destinations, in my opinion, are the...

How to Bargain with Market Vendors

While pictures capture moments of your vacation, souvenirs are a way to bring a tangible piece of that vacation home with you. And, shops in tourist-dense areas know the desirability of certain trinkets, so they certainly don’t hesitate to mark up the prices accordingly. However, at most stores you can’t really haggle for a lower price, even in international countries…well, unless the item is damaged. Not...

Raw Fish, Huh? How to Find Savory Sushi

I’m a sushi fan, so whenever I travel or even go out to eat during a normal week, I often look for quality Japanese restaurants. When I mention sushi to others, I usually get one of two replies: “Ew, raw fish!” or “Let’s go!” Occasionally someone will say they’ve never had it, but that’s usually followed by one of those two responses. I think most who give me the...

Enjoy Your Cruise: Use the Ship’s Gym

If there is one tip I can give to making your cruise vacation more enjoyable, it is to do a daily workout in the gym. Imagine you have just joined a luxury liner for a seven day cruise. All your meals are prepared and served for you, and there is usually a very tempting array to choose from. In no time at all, you over-indulge and become ‘bloated afloat’. You’ll find that you enjoy your holiday cruise much...

Travel + Twitter = The Dream Vacation Equation

It is mighty helpful to have a free mobile app that’s always in your pocket, ready to relay your latest life updates to your friends and family. But Twitter can serve purposes other than letting your followers know you just survived a soaking wet, tough 10k run in the rain. It can be a valuable tool to gain access to information on surrounding locations and get inside opinions on them from those you trust most. And it’s...