Thai Food

As we enter this Labor Day weekend and sadly say goodbye to the summer season, here are a few of the travel blog posts that made us smile around the office.

Nomadic Matt has stumbled upon the best Thai food outside of Thailand — and it’s not where you might think.

Refinery29 shares 10 natural jet lag remedies that will come in handy next time you cross a few time zones.

The Expert Vagabond rounded up an impressive list of the 50 best travel quotes. Head over there for an extra dose of wanderlust inspiration.

Whether you love tacos or tequila — or both — check out Fathom’s guide to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Lastly, we suggest you go crayfishing in the Swedish Archipelago with The Blonde Abroad.

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Hollywood’s hottest power couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, finally made their almost-decade union official, as they exchanged vows in a small chapel at the Chateau Miraval. But this isn’t just any 17th-century estate in Provence, France — Hollywood’s’ royal couple owns the enchanting domain. Perhaps Jolie and Pitt knew when they bought the French estate 2 years ago that it would be the perfect location for their wedding — it sits on 1,000 sprawling acres in the ancient village of Correns and is reported to have 35 rooms, a vineyard and a moat (perfect for keeping the paparazzi out).

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Japanese Torii Gate

Japanese Torii Gate

by: Brian Leonard, Executive Producer

In July, I was lucky enough to travel to Hiroshima, Japan, from the Washington, DC, area for a shoot. I was working on an exciting new pilot for Travel Channel that looks at places where something big once occurred — either manmade or natural — that changed the place forever, and we find out what makes it different today. It’s a very inspiring project, and I wanted to feature cities that are not the “normal” vacation and tourist destinations. So Hiroshima was a great place to start. READ MORE

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Visiting Iceland anytime soon? Well, it’s been reported  that the Bardarbunga volcano might erupt sometime soon, and if it does, travel might be a little difficult. But not as badly as 2 previous volcano eruptions in Iceland.

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With limitless expanses of green countryside and dramatic coastlines, Ireland is a stunner. It also happens to have a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for travelers as well as affordable prices — especially compared to other countries in Europe. If you’ve been itching to visit, this package lets you do it for less.

For $1,119 per person, this 10-night itinerary from European Destinations gives you the organization (and easy planning) of a guided vacation, with lots of time for independent exploration. The package includes round-trip air from New York City, 10 nights’ accommodation in places like Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Killarney and Limerick, a 9-day car rental, daily breakfast and all taxes and fees.
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Adventure Life

Planning a cruise to the Galapagos can be overwhelming simply because there are hundreds of ships and tour companies to choose from.  Once you’ve decided when you want to visit the Galapagos Islands, taking a cruise on a small yacht is the best way to see the more remote islands and wildlife.

Don’t let the word “yacht” give you the impression that you’ll spend your days lazing in the sun as you drift among the islands — tours to the Galapagos come with itineraries calling for early-morning wakeup calls, challenging hikes and multiple excursions daily. Translation: You’ll be spending most of your waking hours exploring the islands rather than relaxing on the ship. But you wouldn’t want it any other way when given the chance to visit a destination known for wildlife so epic that it inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

I opted to cruise with Adventure Life because this sustainable travel company is a member of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) and helps fund conservation projects to protect this double World Heritage site. As a guest on the M/Y Galapagos Grand Odyssey, I saw first-hand the benefits of traveling on a smaller luxury ship because it made the expedition experience both more intimate and comfortable. Here are some things I learned from traveling the Galapagos by ship:

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Yosemite National Park, 1903

Photography by National Park Service

On August 25, the National Park Service celebrated its Founders Day, marking the day in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, which created the Park Service.

In this week’s throwback Thursday, President Theodore Roosevelt and famed naturalist John Muir — considered the “Father of the National Park Service” — are pictured riding horses in California’s Yosemite Valley, with Half Dome standing in the distance, in 1903. Without Muir’s influential writings on Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park — one of America’s first wilderness parks — may not exist today.

In honor of the Park Service, plan a family fun trip to explore the natural beauty and wildlife of one of the 401 national parks in the US — say, Yosemite. Known mainly for its waterfalls, Yosemite offers a plethora of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and fishing for park visitors to enjoy. Plan ahead and visit on one of the Free National Park Days throughout the year!

 

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Vintage Summer Pictures

The Runaway Bridesmaids surged ahead in the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City.

This month, newly-hired American Airlines flight attendants got the chance to dump freezing water over the head of their CEO minus the risk of being fired: They were taking part in the viral ice bucket challenge to raise funds and awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease. The trend of flight attendants having fun for a good cause continues next month as male and female travel workers from many of the major airlines will be running in recycled bridesmaids dresses as part of the Runaway Bridesmaids 1-mile fun run on September 27 to raise awareness and funds to help fight human trafficking.

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And the Nominees for Most Dramatic Getaway Are…

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This year was a fantastic year for TV dramas, from Game of Thrones to Downton Abbey to House of Cards. Honestly, it’s hard to pick a favorite among the nominees. But the best part about some of our favorite dramatic series (aside from the writing and the acting, of course) is that they took us to a few epic, sweeping landscapes, perfect for inspiring your own dramatic adventure.

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Paris, France

The posts and photos that found themselves into this week’s travel blog roundup can be described as none other than full-on travel porn. You’re welcome.

The Lazy Travelers spent a year living in the Île-de-France, here are their favorite Parisian places to drink and dine.

Camels & Chocolate got an awe-inspiring view of Montana’s Glacier National Park on a Glacier Jet Center helicopter ride.

i wander discovered one of the world’s best airport hotels right in his backyard — Singapore.

The Style Junkies recommend Aenaon Villas, positioned right on the edge of the world-famous caldera in Santorini. The “wow factor” is in the pictures.

And for those looking for even more eye candy, Inside the Travel Lab rounded up 7 of the best travel photos blogs out there.

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