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5 Beautiful Places to See Spring Flowers

5 Beautiful Places to See Spring Flowers

Ahh Spring. Thoughts of flowers, sunshine, warmth, and happy feelings. If you’re a student or teacher and need some ideas for your Spring Break coming up, why not go somewhere with tons of blooming floral to see? Here are five of the best places to see flowers on your break. [...]

Sticking Up for Zimbabwe, the World’s Most Miserable Country

Sticking Up for Zimbabwe, the World’s Most Miserable Country

On Feb. 21, Yahoo! Finance released a list titled, ‘The 25 Most Miserable Places in the World’. Syria, Kosovo, Turkmenistan, Nepal, Burkina Faso, Liberia, and other historically despondent nations occupied various spots near the top of the list, but not surprisingly, Zimbabwe took the #1 slot. You can read the Yahoo! [...]

The World’s 7 Weirdest Hotels

The World’s 7 Weirdest Hotels

Travelers who return home often have a story or two to share with friends and family. However, most of the time conversations do not include how unique or weird was the hotel structure. From strange interior design to beating the heat while sleeping underground, these are the world’s most bizarre [...]

The High-Life at The Sebastian

The High-Life at The Sebastian

My girlfriend and I had just checked into The Sebastian hotel in Vail. Our bags had barely hit the floor when there was a knock at the door. I opened the door to be greeted by a welcome gift of chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. And this was only the [...]

Expert Tips for Identifying and Avoiding Pickpockets

Expert Tips for Identifying and Avoiding Pickpockets

We all know about the ‘clumsy’ passerby who bumps into you and rifles through your pockets, or the ‘helpful’ photogue who offers to snap a few shots of you and your loved ones, only to make a daring escape once the camera is in his hand. Many of us even [...]

Q&A with Matt Gibson: Finding the Best Ski Hills in the U.S.

Q&A with Matt Gibson: Finding the Best Ski Hills in the U.S.

Adventure writer and photographer Matt Gibson has spent the last portion of his life traveling around the USA looking for the sickest ski hills. Doesn’t sound half bad, does it? When I heard of his ambitious endeavor, I knew I had to get the inside scoop. Alec Ross: Tell me [...]

6 Reasons to Travel With Your Honey

6 Reasons to Travel With Your Honey

Traveling abroad with the one you like/tolerate/booty call regularly/love can be very revealing. Nothing tests new relationships like a week long backpacking trip, or a month-long trek through some exotic land. While the prospect of traveling with a potential mate can be intimidating and may end in disaster, it can [...]

Hitchhiking Is the Only Reasonable Form of Transportation. Period.

Hitchhiking Is the Only Reasonable Form of Transportation. Period.

It’s true. You might get picked up by a dude in a van with a knife. Can’t argue the possibility. Odds, however, are another thing. Unfortunately there are no statistics available regarding the number of hitchhikers who’ve had weapons pulled on them, though I’m here to guess that it’s a [...]

5 Unconventional Romantic Date Spots

5 Unconventional Romantic Date Spots

Valentines Day: the one day of the year where men frantically rack their brains for original and impressive date spots. But when the local restaurants have become redundant, you’ve watched all the DVD’s on the shelf, and exhausted all the other “go-to” ideas in your arsenal, what’s a guy to do? [...]

Six Novels to Read Before Traveling Abroad

Six Novels to Read Before Traveling Abroad

Books can transport us to other worlds–I mean look at all those celebrity “Read” posters at your public library. There is almost nothing better than pairing the perfect book with the perfect vacation.