Archive for June, 2014

Canada Day celebration

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While Americans famously celebrate Fourth of July, Canadians celebrate their own nationalistic holiday, appropriately named Canada Day, on July 1.

Until Oct. 27, 1982, Canada Day was actually known as “Dominion Day.”  It was almost a hundred years before that, on July 1, that the British North America Act was passed (sometimes referred to as the Constitution Act) which established Canada as a separate nation. The following year, the Governor General of Canada asked that all Canadian citizens celebrate on July 1. Declared a civic holiday in 1867, most Canadians are pleased this day off landed in the summer instead of the cold winter, because it’s often the kick-off weekend to summer vacations. READ MORE

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Whether you’re headed to the beach or are just lounging in your backyard hammock, summer is the perfect time to escape with a good book. Our summer reading list includes quintessential steamy beach reads and quirky family memoirs, but all of our picks also have us wanting to pack our bags for summer vacations of our own — from sexy Spanish beaches to the wild Amazon rainforest.

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Prague

eTramping tells you how to do Prague for less than $25 a day. Photography by Thinkstock

This week we welcome y Travel and eTramping to our weekly roundup, we suggest you bookmark them immediately. Oh, and some exciting news for Star Wars fans coming soon … well, in 2018. Enjoy!

A little worried about the price tag of that dream European getaway?  eTramping reveals Europe’s 6 less-expensive cities and tips to see them on a budget.

Something to download before your next trip: y Travel’s handy list of 16 must-have apps and websites for digital nomads.

The Expeditioner looks into the rise of solo travel beyond the backpacker — and gives 4 reasons why you should consider traveling alone.

A Luxury Travel Blog rounded up 7 amazing sights to see  in Central America — the photos speak for themselves.

And may the force be with you … in Chicago, where George Lucas is building a $700 million art and Star Wars memorabilia museum, to be called the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, via Vanity Fair.

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Wide-eyed. A little overwhelmed. And, admittedly, a bit dazzled. That sums up how I felt my first few hours in Las Vegas, on my first ever trip to Vegas. “You haven’t been to Vegas?!” most people exclaimed when I told them this was my first trip. It seems no one could believe that I’d reached my 30s without at least 1 rite-of-passage, wild weekend in Vegas. And maybe that’s why I hadn’t felt a need to check this city off my list before now – I felt I could go without visiting a city full of Hangover-style debauchery laced with cheesy tourist traps. While I did find these things in Vegas, I surprisingly learned that it’s also possible to have a sophisticated and unexpected weekend here, too.

So if you want a mix of class and whimsy and OK, a few adventurous drinks, follow my first-timer’s 48-hour itinerary for Vegas.

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Diamondback rollercoaster on the left and Verruckt waterslide on the right

(L to R): Diamondback rollercoaster (Credit : Kings Island), Verruckt waterslide (Credit : Verruckt)

“Insane” and “extreme” return to Travel Channel as the season opener for Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination touches down in Taiwan, Missouri, Texas and more! Then, it’s off of Kansas City, MO, for Building the World’s Tallest – Verruckt! Travel Channel is there for the making of this “insane” — literally (Verruckt means Insane) — waterslide. READ MORE

Family picnics outside vintage camper

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In honor of RV Week, we’re throwing it back to the 1960s and 70s when RVs became an increasingly popular mode of transportation for road trips and long family vacations. Pictured above, a family picnics outside their RV travel camper while on an outdoor camping trip in 1966.

This summer, whether you’re in a vintage RV or luxury one, hit the road to experience some of the most scenic RV road trips across the US.

And don’t forget to check back every week in July for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays.

 

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World Cup fever is growing hotter and hotter around the world, and while soccer watching has not always been associated with the US, the 2014 FIFA World Cup seems to be capturing America’s interest.  Last night’s nail-biting USA-Portugal match on ESPN scored a 9.6 rating, making it the highest-rated World Cup match ever in the US. While the world’s game is growing in popularity across America, what US city can lay claim to having the most World Cup fans? The nation’s capital: Washington, DC.

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15 Summer Weekend Getaways

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It’s officially the first day of summer , so how do you plan to spend yours? Whether your summer vacation is completely booked or you’re still looking for some inspiration, our weekly travel blog roundup is here to help on both fronts.

Your worst fear when you decide to check a bag? Showing up to your destination before it does. Skift reveals where checked luggage is 3 times more likely to arrive late than in the US.

Summer airfares can be brutal; Johnny Jet shares 12 ways to find cheap flights.

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Surfing on Waikiki Beach

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Surfing — an ancient Hawaiian tradition known to locals as “he’e nalu” — dates back to the late 1770s. However, it wasn’t until Hawaii became a state in 1959, and movies like Gidget Goes Hawaiian and The Endless Summer came out, that surfing in Hawaii became popular.

In the 1960s, Waikiki Beach in Honolulu became a popular tourist attraction for beginning surfers because of its long, rolling waves and smooth shore. Pictured above, a group of surfers in the 60s perform stunts on the famous beach. In the background stands Diamond Head — an extinct volcanic crater that was named a Hawaii state monument in 1962 and a national natural landmark in 1968.

Check back every week this month for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays.

 

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It’s official – summer is finally here (well, this Saturday, to be exact)!  Now you have roughly 13 weeks or 95 days to take advantage of all the best things about summer, from food-fueled road trips to rooftop cocktails to lazy beach days. Don’t have a plan yet? Get inspired to create your own list with our 7 summer must-dos.

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