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  • Unique and Unusual: 6 Offbeat Destinations to Check Out in Sydney
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    Unique and Unusual: 6 Offbeat Destinations to Check Out in Sydney Unique and offbeat activities and adventures make every destination more exciting. Thankfully, Sydney has a world of quirky, cool, and unique activities, many of which tourists do not visit. The next time you find yourself in the Harbour City, be sure to squeeze a few of these sites into your trip: Cockatoo Island Located out in Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island was a penal colony in the early- to mid-1800s before becoming the site of one…
    in Australia
  • 6 Mouth-Watering Sandwiches Worth Traveling For
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    6 Mouth-Watering Sandwiches Worth Traveling For Be sure to check out these famous sandwiches on your next trip, which are must-tries whenever you visit their region of origin. 1. Chicago's Italian Beef The Windy City draws large crowds for deep-dish pizza and Chicago dogs, but the Italian beef is a long-time local favorite. Thinly sliced seasoned beef is piled high on an Italian sub roll, dredged in gravy or au jus, and topped with hot or sweet peppers. You can find…
    in United States
  • 5 Places for Spectacular Northern Lights Viewing
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    5 Places for Spectacular Northern Lights Viewing The aurora borealis is the colorful phenomenon created when electrically charged particles within the earth’s magnetosphere collide with particles in the solar wind. The Northern Lights, as they’re also known, are best seen in late August through April from countries near the North and South poles. These neon ribbons of light are not always visible, and the colors present depend on altitude and which elements are in the air. The most common color is green,…
    in Travel Photography
  • Great Boutique Hotel Stays in Illinois
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    Great Boutique Hotel Stays in Illinois Headed to Chicago? Let's take a look at some of the best boutique hotels located in and around town for all budgets. W Chicago Lakeshore View from the W Chicago Lakeshore. Photo via flickr by micahb37 Located right in the heart of Chicago, the W Chicago Lakeshore is the premiere lakeside hotel in the Windy City. Recently completely a $38 million dollar renovation, the W Chicago is now more stylish and comfortable than ever before.…
    in United States
  • Why Should You Go to Central Europe? For Quirky Museum Hopping!
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    Why Should You Go to Central Europe? For Quirky Museum Hopping! There is nothing like a good quirky, offbeat, or just plain strange museum to add a twist to your travels. If you plan on visiting Central Europe, be sure to check out these gems! Budapest, Hungary Given the rich history of Hungary's capital city, it should be no surprise that Budapest has plenty of quirky and offbeat sights and activities. The Pinball Museum is a great way to feel like a kid again, and the…
    in Europe
  • 7 Travel Destinations Made Famous by James Bond
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    7 Travel Destinations Made Famous by James Bond With the recent debut of the latest installment in the James Bond movie franchise, Spectre, we’ve been reminded of one of 007’s greatest qualities—namely, that he’s better traveled than most people on the planet (okay, he’s a fictional character, but the point still stands). In fact, in his 50 years of service, Bond has visited nearly 50 countries, while most of the films feature upwards of six distinct locales. Want to globe-trot like James Bond?…
    in Travel Inspiration
  • Great Boutique Hotels in San Francisco Bay
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    Great Boutique Hotels in San Francisco Bay Oakland is a diverse city that has much to offer visitors. Unsure where to stay? If you seek excitement or action then head on up to Berkeley. However those in the mood to relax or being lured to the water might want to stay on the riverfront right in the heart of Oakland. Hotel Durant One of Oakland's best suburbs is Berkeley and right in the heart of it all is the green-certified Hotel Durant,…
    in United States
  • These Mountain Museums Are Worth the Trek
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    These Mountain Museums Are Worth the Trek On the Austrian border of Italy, high in the mountains, sit six distinct museums. Together, the museums comprise the Messner Mountain Museum (MMM) experience—an homage to mountains and mountain culture situated at six remarkable sites located throughout South Tyrol and Belluno. For those daring enough to make the trek, each museum can be accessed by (appropriately) climbing the mountain on which it resides. We think you’ll agree that seeing these museums in person is worth…
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  • Exploring Amsterdam’s Undiscovered North
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    Exploring Amsterdam’s Undiscovered North Once overlooked by travelers, the borough of Amsterdam Noord has developed into a thriving artistic community, a spot for dance and music festivals, and an escape from Amsterdam’s chaotic and touristy center. The borough was once the industrial site of one of Europe’s largest shipyards. From 1922 until 1984 — when the Nederlandsche Dock Company went bankrupt — supertanker, cargo, and passenger ships were meticulously built and carefully launched into the IJ Lake to sail…
    in Netherlands
  • 7 of the World’s Most Beautiful Staircases
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    7 of the World’s Most Beautiful Staircases Of all the reasons to travel the world, “to see a staircase” likely doesn’t show up on many lists. But it may be time to reconsider. The globe is dotted with remarkable staircases that are breathtaking to look at and exhilarating to climb, and each makes for a quality destination in its own right. Here are just seven of some of the world’s most trek-worthy staircases. 1. 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, San Francisco Truly a…
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