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9 of the Best River Journeys in the World

An aerial view of the Amazon

Rivers, the great, ever-changing highways of water on the banks of which nearly all early civilizations were built. Nehir in Turkish, rio in Spanish — the river’s signifier in almost every language is beautiful, conjuring images of life and death, of settlement and flight, of the unstoppable flowing movement and renewal of all things. Their […]

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February 5, 2016 by | 1 Comment

The Civil Rights Trail: Significant Locations in the Struggle for Freedom

Rosa Parks Library

February is Black History Month in the United States, a time to reflect on the struggles and accomplishments of black Americans in their pursuit to widen the consciousness of their country and balance the injustices of the system they were born into. This was a long and arduous struggle, which culminated in the Civil Rights […]

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February 2, 2016 by | 1 Comment

Festivals Happening Around the World in July

Pflasterspektakel

The summery (at least for the Northern Hemisphere) month of July is host to a number of exciting festivals around the globe. From America’s Independence Day to the Darwin Beer Can Regatta, here are some of the month’s most fascinating festivals.

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July 16, 2014 by | 4 Comments

Best Destinations for Beer Lovers

A trip to Milwaukee means a trip to Lakefront Brewery for their world-famous tour. Photo courtesy of Jason Dean via Flickr.

The world of beer is nearly as vast and as variegated as the world itself — good news for those who plan their travels around tasty booze and unique brew culture. There are so many destinations to choose from, and there are certainly no definitive answers when it comes to the best places to go. […]

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October 14, 2013 by | Comments Off on Best Destinations for Beer Lovers

How and Where to Celebrate the Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead Offerings

No holiday celebrates death quite like Latin America’s Día de los Muertos, or ‘Day of the Dead’. The roots of this peculiar festival date back to number of ancient Mesoamerican cultures, all of which shared a fascination with death, but the main influence came from the Aztecs, who dominated central Mexico before the arrival of […]

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October 1, 2013 by | Comments Off on How and Where to Celebrate the Day of the Dead

The 8 Best Value Destinations in Europe

Algarve rock - coast in Portugal

Traveling Europe can be surprisingly affordable if you don’t mind skimping on certain luxuries and avoiding the west in favor of the cheaper nations of the east. The continent has plenty on offer that won’t break your bank account, but you have to know where to look. If you’re strapped for cash and want the […]

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July 8, 2013 by | Comments Off on The 8 Best Value Destinations in Europe

The 8 Most Bizarre Theme Parks in the World

Tierra Santa Entrance by Beatrice Murch via Flickr.

When you think about it, pretty much all theme parks are bizarre. You’ve got your talking mice, you hallucinogenic landscapes, your rollercoasters based off tales of mutating humans and castles that spring straight from chauvinist fairy tales. But we’re so accustomed to the oddness of the everyday theme park that their novelty has worn off. […]

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June 17, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Machu Picchu and Beyond: 9 Highlights of Peru

Amazon River cruise

When travelers dream of South America, it is often images of Peru that come to mind. From Machu Picchu and the archeological sites of Sacred Valley to the mysterious Nazca lines and the floating villages of Lake Titicaca, the country has a wealth of attractions that are sure to satisfy anyone’s tastes. Here are some […]

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June 14, 2013 by | 1 Comment

The World’s Strangest Buildings

The Atomium

Architecture is the art we live in. The manipulation of the space that encloses us can inspire awe, terror, joy, and sometimes (as is the case with the buildings in this list) bafflement. If you’re looking for something new – or just plain strange – in your architecture, here are nine buildings around the world […]

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June 10, 2013 by | Comments Off on The World’s Strangest Buildings

Where to Go During the Monsoon in India

Ladakh Landscape

Traveling India during the monsoon can prove a wet and often frustrating experience. Mold will sprout everywhere, the sunshine between daily rains will often recreate the climate of a steam bath, and in major cities the streets will sometimes flood up to your knees. But traveling India during monsoon doesn’t have to be so gloomy.

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June 10, 2013 by | 1 Comment