Articles written by: Michael Ryan

Michael is a full-time musician and freelance writer residing in Morrison, Colorado. He enjoys downhill skiing, traveling and attempting to play golf. He excels in the sport of extreme napping so if you must call, make it after noon.

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Are You a Good Travel Buddy?

Not everyone is suited for travel. What is tougher is finding two people who can travel well together. What makes a good travel buddy? Here are a few things to look for. Where Are We Going Some folks like the beach, others the mountains. I have had several friends ask […]

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Florence, Italy: 7 Reasons Why You Will Definitely Return

Located in the Tuscany region of Italy, Florence is one of the main, must-do stops on any tour of Italy. Florence is the home of the Renaissance; need I say more? Okay, Leonardo de Vinci, Michelangelo and Dante all called this home and could not stay away. Here are just […]

Father’s Day: A Quick History

Father’s Day: A Quick History

Father’s Day was established in the U.S. in the early 20th century but is now a worldwide event. Here is how some other parts of the world celebrate Dads. A Shaky Start The first observance of our day had a shaky start on July 5, 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia. […]

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6 Things You Might Not Have Thought About for That Overseas Adventure

If you’re leaving the country—hooray! for you—there are a few things you might not have thought about for getting ready. Luckily for you, we did think of a few. Your Papers Please Sure everyone knows you need a passport to travel just about anywhere these days, but did you realize […]

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6 Funky Cruises

If you want to go on a cruise, you might prefer to find one that caters to your tastes or desires. There is a cruise out there for everyone—and we do mean everyone. Science Guys Next year you can hop a 14-day Total Solar Eclipse Cruise trip to Indonesia aboard […]

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Who to Tip, When to Tip and How to Tip

Some say it stands for, “To insure promptness” but the internet says that’s incorrect and if the internet says its wrong well, who knows? It has become an expected expense when traveling or stepping out on the town so you may as well figure out who, when and how to […]

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Why May Is the Best Time To Travel

We all love to travel, and anytime you can get away is good. There are certain times that are better than others, though—and May seems to be the best. Winter Crowds The tropics are popular in the winter because the weather is mild down there. The folks who live in […]

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Driving a Rental Car on Vacation

Driving a rental car is usually an adventure; even more so when on vacation. Not only are you driving a strange vehicle, but you’re probably driving in unfamiliar territory as well. Change is Good, Sometimes Every time I’ve rented a car it’s been different; I’ve never had the same model […]

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Travel Souvenirs

Some people collect snow globes, some folks bring back refrigerator magnets and some collect “Do not disturb,” signs. Wait, am I the only one who collects “Do not disturb” signs? We All Collect Something When we travel we like to bring home more than just good memories. We want something […]

Yes I’ve Been to Hell and Back: Funny-Named Places You Really Should Visit

Yes I’ve Been to Hell and Back: Funny-Named Places You Really Should Visit

There are quite a few places that, while they may not be on most travel brochures, just their name makes a stop worthwhile. Yes There is a Hell Hell, Oregon; Hell, Michigan; Hell, Grand Cayman There’s three Hells I can find: one in Oregon, one in Michigan, and the other […]