Archive for June, 2013

Hello, summer! Today marks the first day of summer and we’re gearing up for a fun-filled few months with our summer to-do list. There’s no excuse for boredom with our list of things to do this summer. So, get up, get out, and go!

1.     Head to the beach.

Nothing says summer more than a lazy day at the beach, soaking up some sunshine. We can dream of lounging on celeb-favorite beaches in places like Rio de Janeiro and St. Barts, but we’ll be just as happy digging our toes in the sand stateside at East Coast beaches like Cape May and the Outer Banks.

2.     Hit the open road.

Road trips are the perfect summer escape and the best way to see this beautiful country of ours. Whether it’s an iconic drive like Route 66 or a road trip through California’s wine country, there’s nothing more American or adventurous than taking a road trip.

3.     Take your workout to the water.

Nobody wants to be in the gym on a beautiful day. There’s no shortage of watersports that burn calories and cool you off — surfing, stand-up paddleboarding and white-water rafting are just some of our favorites. And who wouldn’t want to swim a few laps in these cool pools?

4.     Get some fresh air.

After being cooped up all winter (and possibly spring), this is the time to explore the great outdoors. If you can’t manage one of these bucket list treks around the world, there are national parks in nearly every corner of the US to explore. Take a break from traffic and crowds this summer and get back in tune with nature!

5.     Watch a movie under the stars.

On a nice summer night, there’s nothing better than watching a movie outdoors. From San Francisco’s Film Night in the Park to Washington, DC’s Screen on the Green, there are outdoor movies to take advantage of all over the country this summer. Don’t forget to pack a picnic.

6.     Take your bike for a spin.

It’s time to dust off your bike and leave the car in the garage. For a heart-pounding ride try mountain biking at Whistler or for something more relaxing (and flat) take a bike tour of Charleston’s lowcounty. And if you happen to live in one of these cycling cities, you don’t even need to leave town — your city was made to explore on 2 wheels.

7.     Cool off with a treat.

Did someone say ice cream? Count us in! We’re burning off so many calories outside this summer; we deserve a little indulgence, especially one that’ll cool us off on a hot day. Whether it’s artisan ice cream shops or ice cream trucks, dish us a scoop, please.

Tell Us:  What’s on your Summer To-Do List?

 

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This Week in Travel

It may be the longest day of the year, but it’s been a very slow travel news week, which allowed for some creative posts from a few of our favorite outlets. From the unbelievable (a Pole-to-Pole run) to the random (most Sweden-y things?), here are some headlines that kept us entertained this week.

Gadling sits down with Pat Farmer, the Aussie who ran 20,919 kilometers from the North to the South Pole, to find out what makes someone want to run 40 kilometers a day for 10 months.

The NYT finds out what this famous designer (and mom to 2 young daughters) can’t travel without, and there are quite a few fun surprises in her suitcase.

Flavorwire has 10 literary restaurants for hungry book nerds around the world.

Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast, is becoming more than a backpackers’ destination with a violent past. NPR reports 60 cruise ships now stop in the city thanks to its new tourist attractions, such as the Titanic museum and HBO’s soundstage for Game of Thrones.

And last, but not least, Buzzfeed rounds up the 33 most Sweden-y things that ever happened in Sweden. Because, why not?

Want even more travel highlights from this week? Check out our This Week in Photos slideshow!

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Whether you’re enjoying the bright lights of the big city or taking a family adventure to the city limits, Las Vegas has something for everyone.

Las Vegas vacations are hotter than ever. Popular shows and hotels, like Aria, make the famed Vegas Strip the place to get your party on. From trying your luck in the casino or hitting the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace to seeing Cirque de Soleil or scuba diving inside Mandalay Bay, there isn’t anything you can’t find on the Strip.

Don’t worry if casinos aren’t your thing –there is still plenty to do outside of the Strip that is sure to get your adrenaline rushing. From horseback riding through Red Rocks to checking out one of the US’s 7 wonders at the Hoover Dam, you definitely won’t find yourself with nothing to do in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

And tonight at 9|8c, on an all-new episode of Toy Hunter, Jordan and his assistant Julia head to Sin City in hopes of tracking down several vintage toys from the popular 1979 TV series, Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century.

It’s that time of year when weddings start to fill our calendars — everyone wants to be a June bride. And why not? It’s the perfect time of year! Which is why we have weddings and — even better — honeymoons on the brain.

1. If you’re dreaming of staying in a private, thatched cottage, relaxing by the Caribbean Sea and being pampered at a romantic spa, then Belize should be your honeymoon destination of choice.

2. Every bride dreams of a fairytale wedding, and the best way to fulfill this fantasy is by holding your wedding in a real castle. These romantic castles are waiting to make your dreams come true — just set the date!

3. Having trouble deciding where to go on your honeymoon? From the Maldives to Virgin Gorda, find out what honeymoon destinations are hot this year.

4. Speaking of the Maldives, its reputation as a top honeymoon hot spot isn’t changing anytime soon — especially when you consider the pristine white-sand beaches and adults-only overwater bungalows.

5.  You’ve planned your June wedding, but the question remains: will it rain? Thanks to weathertrends360, find out which wedding spots will see sunny skies and which will be a little grey. Rain on your wedding day is supposed to be good luck, right?

6. Princess Madeleine of Sweden married American financier Christopher O’Neill this month. Learn more about this royal wedding … and try not to be too jealous.

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The Obamas arrived in Ireland on Monday, and while the president attended the G8 summit in Belfast, the first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha were able to fit in a 2-day whirlwind tour of Dublin, exploring their Irish roots.

“There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama,” says the web-hit Irish folk song that went viral back in November 2008.  The president’s great-great-grandfather was born in the Irish village of Moneygall, and Ireland celebrates this connection by always extending a warm Irish welcome to the president and his family.

Michelle Obama and daughters learned more about their Irish ancestry with a special tour of Trinity College, where they viewed archives documenting their family’s Irish origins and saw the Book of Kells, a 9th-century illustrated gospel manuscript.

Other highlights of the first family’s trip included a private tour of Glendalough, one of the most famous monastic ruins in Ireland, and a special Riverdance performance at the Gaity Theatre, where Michelle Obama addressed an excited audience.

And talk about a power lunch … the first lady dined on fish and chips in Dublin with the “first rock star of Ireland,” U2 frontman and world humanitarian Bono.

This wasn’t Obamas’ first visit to Ireland. Back in 2001, the president visited his ancestral hometown Moneygall searching for his “missing apostrophe.” On this visit, the president met his 8th cousin, Henry Healy, now known as “Henry the Eighth.”

 

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On an all-new episode of Airport 24/7: Miami tonight at 9|8c, find out what happens when bags are left unattended at Miami International Airport. It might not seem like a big deal if you leave your bag behind, but when the employees at MIA find it, they have to take extreme precautions.

If you’re planning a trip to Miami, make sure to keep your bags with you … but also, check out our Miami Airport Guide to get to know all of the ins and outs of MIA, from tips on transportation from the airport to details on MIA’s onsite hotel. Did you know you can even get a 10-minute manicure while waiting for your flight?

And don’t miss the gorgeous works of art that surround you while you wait in the terminal — MIA is home to many pieces from the Miami-Dade Art in Public Places project.

Tune in tonight to see firsthand what happens when a suspicious bag is left at the terminal!

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