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5 Cities You Must See in the Winter

Winter Wonderlands  Wintertime brings out a certain beauty in cities that is much different than their summer counterparts. To truly appreciate a city’s beauty, one must see it in all four seasons. I believe that the cold harshness of winter unveils a beauty hardly seen by many travelers. Winter vacations are usually reserved for ski […]

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Winter Wonderlands 

Wintertime brings out a certain beauty in cities that is much different than their summer counterparts. To truly appreciate a city’s beauty, one must see it in all four seasons. I believe that the cold harshness of winter unveils a beauty hardly seen by many travelers.

Winter vacations are usually reserved for ski resorts and the complete opposite: warm beaches. I however can appreciate stripped down essence of cities in the winter. The gloom and cold highlight interesting aspects of a city’s brilliance.

Here are 5 of my favorite cities to visit in the winter and what makes each so unique.

 

New York City, NY, USA

New York, New York, what a magical city. Each season brings out the best in this majestic old city and winter doesn’t disappoint. My NYC highlights include Central Park and Rockefeller Center; visit these to see the quintessential New York experience. Try ice-skating at Rockefeller Center underneath the glow of the humongous Christmas tree or taking a hansom cab around central park at night. As snow blankets the city I recommend getting a bird’s eye view to truly take in the city’s massiveness.

Because of the cold and windy air, the visibility in the winter can be extraordinary.

 

Gothenburg, Sweden

The Swedish people do winter better than any other country and their high sense of fashion takes no season off. Gothenburg is a very cold destination but a spectacular city to enjoy the winter sights. A relatively cheap place to travel to in the winter, inexpensive airfare can be found easily. The traditional Christmas markets often reach critical mass and spill onto neighboring streets, creating a literal winter wonderland. In January and February make sure to check out the Gothenburg International Film Festival, a top-notch event.

 

Reykjavik, Iceland

No wintertime city top 5 can be complete without Reykjavik. Simply a stunning places to visit in the winter and possibly one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth. The Northern Lights are visible almost every night in the winter and are astonishing in person. Pictures and video do no justice to one of the natural wonders of the world.

A must visit place in Reykjavik is the Blue Lagoon Spa, where natural hot springs create the largest hot tub you’ll ever visit. The memory of the incredibly blue water will stick with you forever, as I personally have never seen such beauty.

The more adventurous traveler can venture out to the Solheimajokull Glacier and try Ice climbing.

 

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and the quintessential old European city. The architecture and ambiance of Copenhagen is undeniable and remarkable. Wintertime just suits Copenhagen so well; it should be classified as a cold weather city.

Make sure to visit here in February so you can catch the Wondercool Festival, which is their answer to the dreary, chilly days.   This festival celebrates all that Copenhagen has to offer in the worlds of art, fashion and food.

My highlights are the tall wooden boats adorned with Christmas lights and looking as winter as a boat can. Remember, Copenhagen is a water city, fully embracing maritime life.

 

Budapest, Hungary

A beautiful wintertime city, full of life no matter what the season: Budapest has it all. One cannot visit Budapest in the winter without going to Szchenyi to try the thermal baths. The standout is the outdoors bath to enjoy a nice soak while in the elements and the city’s beautiful architecture. This old world city is also cheap and affordable all across the board.

Take in Budapest’s wonderful café culture and enjoy many fine meals in the tranquility of a winter’s evening.

I wouldn’t go to Budapest without stopping by the Museum of Fine arts, a favorite museum of mine.

Enjoy these winter wonderlands and remember to dress warm and take lots of pictures.

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Don’t be a Boarding Area Jerk

We’ve all experienced the boarding area jerk at the airport and hopefully you won’t be that asshole. Let’s all be civilized adults here and act like you’ve traveled before.

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We’ve all experienced the boarding area jerk at the airport and hopefully you won’t be that asshole.   You know the douche that is talking loudly on their phone or arguing with the poor airline staff, don’t be the cause of other people’s stress.   Let’s all be civilized adults here and act like you’ve traveled before.

Don’t be a jerk in the boarding area by avoiding these common dick moves.

 

Don’t put feet up

I get it, traveling is tiring and you are exhausted but do you have to put your feet all over the seats around you? No, stop invading other people’s personal space with your big old Fred Flintstone toes. Unless you have a medical condition where you need your foot elevated, keep it down on the floor where it belongs.

 

Stop saving all the seats

Ok, we’ve all seen this jerk. The boarding area only has a certain number of seats, never enough for everyone, so stop hogging seats with your luggage. Stack your luggage up on the floor and let me sit down. I can understand keeping your carry on close because it has your valuable, but that big roller bag doesn’t need a chair.

 

Power Outlet Hog

This jerk doesn’t need to charge all their electronics at once. If there are multiple power outlets next to you, don’t be greedy and only use one outlet. Maybe plan ahead their power hog and bring your own power strip next time if you really must charge your two phones, IPad and laptop at the same time.

 

Stop eating stinky food there

They have restaurants in the airport for a reason, to eat food there. Can we all stop eating stinky ass food in the waiting area and for heaven’s sake keep it off the airplane.   I ’m tired of smelling some tuna sandwich being chomped on behind my seat in the boarding area, eat at the restaurant you bought the food from, geez. People treat the boarding area like it’s their living room, it’s not so act right.

 

Stop crowding the gate

The worst possible people crowd the gate before their flight. These jerks are all usually a late boarding group so they are trying to jump the line. No Cuts, No Butts and definitely No Coconuts. Please be an adult and wait for your group to be called before crowding the tiny boarding area.

 

Leave the airline employees alone

It’s not the gate attendant’s fault that the plane is delayed, so leave the poor employee alone. Customer service is a thankless job that never gets paid enough, so give them a break. We’ve all see the asshole yelling at them when they can do absolutely nothing about it. Traveling can suck; so don’t make it worse by being a jerk.

 

Keep quiet on your phone

This jerk needs to learn how to use their inside voice. We all get it; you are some important hotshot businessperson who is making a douche call, but can’t you use a quieter voice. Learn how to be respectful of people around you or be hated by all.

 

Let’s all try and be better, more considerate people while traveling.

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Destinations with Perfect Blue Water

We are all searching for the perfect vacation destination with crystal blue waters and great temperatures.   Your search is over as we have compiled the paradise on Earth list with the most amazing blue waters you can find.

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We are all searching for the perfect vacation destination with crystal blue waters and great temperatures.   Your search is over as we have compiled the paradise on Earth list with the most amazing blue waters you can find. See if your wanderlust will take you to these incredible destinations and the paradise you seek will finally be attainable. These places have the bluest and clearest water on the planet, so book your trips ASAP and enjoy your vacation bliss.

 

Palawan, Philippines

You’ll feel like you are on your own beach here, with few tourists and plenty of sand. Filled with private lagoons and the bluest water around, Palawan is paradise that we’ve found. You’ll also find the world’s longest navigable underwater river.

 

The Maldives

Celebrity destination number one, the Maldives’ blue waters will blow your mind. Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is the hottest vacation spots around. A bungalow sitting over blue waters is paradise in my mind.

 

Peyto Lake, Canada

Sapphire blue water will blow your mind while visiting Banff National Park and checking out Peyto Lake. Filled with glacier runoff and snowmelt, you’ll take some memorable photos here.

 

Havelock Island, India

The Bay of Bengal has a few surprises for visitors like Havelock Island.   Get off the grid with this secret snorkel spot. Located in a string of Islands of the coast of India you’ll find some of the clearest waters around.  

 

Ambergris Caye, Belize

Home of the earth’s second largest barrier reef; Belize is a scuba and snorkelers paradise. The clear waters are home to many amazing dive sites including Shark ray Alley where you can swim with nurse sharks and stingrays. Or if more mystery is up your alley, check out the underwater caves of the Blue Hole. The shades of blue here are so vibrant you’ll think it’s a dream.

  

Devil’s bay, British Virgin Islands

Sometimes the juice is just worth the squeeze and Devil’s Bay is exactly that. After an adventurous hike you’ll find the picturesque views and tranquil bright turquoise waters. Snorkel in the crystal clear waters and you’ll know why this place is so magical.

 

Con Son, Vietnam

A hidden gem in Southeast Asia, Con Son is the only inhabited island in the area.   Steep granite cliffs surround the beaches and protect them from violent storms, making the area pristine and untouched. Finding your inner peace here should be easy.

 

Crater Lake, Oregon

A huge crater created by a volcano centuries ago has left us with a spectacular and picturesque mountain lake. Crater Lake in Oregon is simply stunning and a place that we all need to see. Make sure you go in the summer or late spring as the winters here can dump feet of snow in a matter of hours. The deepest and clearest lake in the US, Crater Lake has visibility 400 feet down. Take a dip, but beware, it’s cold.

 

Egremnoi, Greece

The Mediterranean has some of the most beautiful waters around and Greece may have the best. Check out a hidden gem in Egremnoi Beach on the West coast of Lefkada, a small Greek island. A steep staircase keeps the hoards of tourists down and the powder white sand welcome the brave visitors. You will be rewarded with crystal turquoise waters and relaxing waves crashing on the shore. Swim in the luke-warm waters and let all the hassles of the real world melt away.

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America’s Most Visited National Parks

The United States have some of the most amazing and spectacular National Park land in the world and you should be visiting them all.  Here are the top 10 most visited parks in the system and why I think you should check them out.

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The United States have some of the most amazing and spectacular National Park land in the world and you should be visiting them all. Last year was a banner year for National Parks as they recorded 331 million visitors in 2016, a 8 percent increase over 2015. That’s a lot of visitors, they all can’t be wrong, these National Parks might have something here.

Luckily, our great country has over 417 National Parks for you to explore and all are reasonably priced. The parks just celebrated their 100th anniversary so let’s all celebrate together by checking some out. The top 10 National Parks are some stunning places to visit, so what are you waiting for?

Here are the top 10 most visited parks in the system and why I think you should check them out.

 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial — 5,299,713

Located in Washington, D.C., the Vietnam Memorial is a somber and powerful monument. The Washington Mall has many great monuments that symbolize our country’s freedoms; the Vietnam memorial may be the most shocking. The amount of names on the list of people that died fighting for our country is alarming.

Check out this monument if you are in D.C. and want to see a truly moving piece of American History.

 

Natchez Trace Parkway — 5,891,315

The parkway cuts through Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee and is over 400 miles of American History. Native Americans and settlers used the ancient trail during the country’s expansion West. Take a trip back through time as you can explore hiking trails, camping and horseback riding.

 

Grand Canyon National Park — 5,969,811

This should be number one in my opinion, just based on how epic and awesome the Grand Canyon truly is. One of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, The canyon is so awe-inspiring. Everyone should see the sun rise over the North Rim and walk over the glass bottom observation deck. Make a day trip from the Las Vegas area or make a weekend trip and take a donkey tour to the bottom.

Real adventurers will take a white water rafting tour down the Colorado River.

 

Lake Mead National Recreation Area — 7,175,891

Straddling the border of Arizona and Nevada, Lake Mead Recreation area is a watery paradise. Spring breakers gather here to party and families venture here for some boating fun. Great destination for the whole family, so check it out and make a day trip to the Grand Canyon, boom, two birds baby.

 

Lincoln Memorial — 7,915,934

Another wonderful monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Lincoln Memorial is a great place to take in the whole mall and reflect on our country’s greatness and deficiencies. Be one of the millions of people who take a selfie with President Lincoln.

 

Gateway National Recreation Area — 8,651,770

The top destination for New Yorkers Gateway national is actually three parks in one. It includes Jamaica Bay, Sandy Hook, NJ and Staten Island, NY. These three parks combine to offer big city dwellers small glimpses of nature to enjoy. Living in the urban jungle is tough and sometimes you need some greenery in your life.

 

George Washington Memorial Parkway — 10,323,339

Take a scenic drive down the GW parkway alongside the Potomac River; you’ll understand why so many people come here. With miles and miles of hiking trails and jogging paths, the GW parkway has some great green areas. Located just outside of Washington DC in Northern Virginia, the parkway connects the city and the suburbs.

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 11,312,786

Spread across North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains offer grand views and amazing local foliage. Visitors love hiking and other outdoor activities. Come in the fall for some amazing color displays as the leaves are changing.

 

Blue Ridge Parkway — 15,175,578

Driving on top of the world is how this park feels. Located in Virginia and West Virginia, the Blue ridge Parkway takes drivers on some winding mountain roads. Motorcyclists love these mountain rides and huge convoys can be seen on weekends.

 

Golden Gate National Recreation Area — 15,638,777

Outside of San Francisco is a wonderful park full of mystic and wonder. The most visit national Park in the United States is a great one. With giant sequoia trees to ever expanding vistas, the park is worth the trip.

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