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Nostalgia Only People Over 50 Will Appreciate

     Generational gaps are always going to exist. Baby-Boomers and millennials are just naturally different… which is perfectly expected. However, one fact holds true for both. Experiences in childhood are going to shape an individual for the rest of their life. They may be good/bad/influential/or just facts about the time that stick around in memory for decades. Therefore, only those over the age of 50 will truly be able to appreciate the thoughts/events/and feelings of all the things on this list. 

 

     This nostalgia is going to play with the strings of your childhood, teenage, and early adult years all at the same time. Many will bring smiles to your face while others are going to make you smirk and others are just moments left in history. Regardless, they were all a part of your growth as a person. These things are the things that have made you who you are today. Enjoy!

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The 5 Best Places to Go Sightseeing in America

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Last year, people in the United States spent more than $790 billion on travel expenses, unrelated to business. 

Traveling is a great way to spend your days off of work and can open your eyes to a new world around you. 

If you are planning a trip, or need an excuse to get out of town, check out unique destinations in America that have unforgettable sights.  

Continue reading to discover some of the best places to visit for sightseeing and memory-making! 

1. New York

There are many things to do in New York. You can visit the city and Central Park, but you can also go sightseeing in northern NY. 

If you are looking for a trip that is full of beautiful views and hiking, head upstate. If you want to see the city in action, you can check out Ellis Island and walk around Manhatten. Make sure that you pack comfortable shoes to walk in— unless you like taking public transportation. 

2. Northern Michigan 

Detroit is continuing to make a comeback, but the beautiful views never left the northern areas.

The next time you want to take an inexpensive sightseeing trip, go camping in the Upper Peninsula or check out the views down-state. The Porcupine Mountains are located on the west side of the Upper Penninsula. Up there you can also see Taqhuamonon Falls and Pictured Rocks.

No matter which direction you drive, you will likely encounter water that looks and feels like the ocean. The best part is, there aren’t any sharks! While you are away from city lights you can also gaze at the stars. 

3. Arizona

Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, which is a beautiful sight that you have to see for yourself. 

The Grand Canyon is one of the best day trips to take if you live in the California area. Many people take Route 66 to get to Arizona, which offers a fun ride full of unique things to see. 

Besides the Grand Canyon, you can take advantage of the views of endless cacti and mountains that surround the area. Try visiting Arizona in the spring or fall time to avoid extreme heat. Some people even recommend going in the winter! 

4. Wyoming 

Have you ever wanted to see the Old Faithful Geyser, or possibly Yellowstone National Park? 

Both of these can be found in Wyoming, along with many other attractions to see. Wyoming is packed with all of the prettiest landscapes that America has to offer. You can check out the Grand Prismatic Spring, be sure to take a good picture of the colors that surround it. Keep your hiking shoes and camera close when you hike up mountains for views that will amaze you. 

5. Colorado 

If you are still wondering where to go sightseeing you might find interest in Colorado. 

The Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak are impressive natural landforms that you can find in this state. If you decide to take a winter trip, you can go skiing or snowboarding down some of the best mountains. Colorado is full of quaint towns that will make you feel at home.  

Time to Go Sightseeing in America  

Planning a sightseeing trip in the United States can be overwhelming since there are so many things to check out.

This guide helps cover some of the best places that have views to look at in every direction. It’s time to get away from the city lights and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Don’t forget to bring your most comfortable shoes and clothes, along with a nice camera to capture all of your views. 

Be sure to check out our blog for more articles about traveling in the United States and around the world! 

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The Famed Azure Window in Malta is Destroyed by Weather.

The travel world lost a legend this past weekend when Malta’s famed Azure Window collapsed after a storm.   The awe inspiring natural rock arch was destroyed by a heavy storm causing it to collapse into the ocean. Devastating to the locals, as this was a huge tourist attraction. You may recognize the famous arch form movies and television. The arch was featured in the first episode of the hugely popular HBO show Game of Thrones.

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The travel world lost a legend this past weekend when Malta’s famed Azure Window collapsed after a storm.   The awe inspiring natural rock arch was destroyed by a heavy storm causing it to collapse into the ocean. Devastating to the locals, as this was a huge tourist attraction. You may recognize the famous arch form movies and television. The arch was featured in the first episode of the hugely popular HBO show Game of Thrones.

A geological study was performed in 2013 and it found that erosion was inevitable but there was no danger of the structure collapsing. Recently the arch introducing fines for people who walked on the arch, as it’s structural integrity was weakening placed signs. This didn’t stop tourist s=from venturing across the archway and onto the jutting rock formation. This wasn’t the cause of its demise though; major storms have been wreaking havoc on the island of Gozo, where the formation is located.

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An eyewitness form a local town reported seeing violent waves crashing all the way up the Azure Window’s arch and suddenly it was gone.  Gale force winds were reported and the ferry company that brings tourists to the site shut down operations for the day because the weather was so bad. Storms in recent years have been getting worse and worse across the globe as global warming increases. It seems like every year we hear weathercasters forecast the biggest storm in history. That’s not a good sign that the largest and most violent storms ever recorded keep happening, year in and tear out. What can we expect in the near future as wild storms rage across the planet. Hurricanes are reaching record levels every year as well are tsunamis and the Far East.

Scientists predict that weather will only continue to get worse as Mother Nature continues to strike back at us for polluting her water, land and air.

Local residents flocked to the site after word of its collapse hit town. The Azure Window was one of Malta’s biggest tourist attractions and brought in millions of dollars respectively each year.

Could tourism be responsible for the landmark’s demise? Sure, it could have had something to do with it but as we have learned over and over again, if we piss Mother Nature off enough, she will strike back with furious anger. Nature is extremely powerful and everyone who visited this landmark could easily see that its future did not look bright. The brittle limestone that was its base is known for collapsing, so it was only a matter of time. Tourists have been seen jumping off the rock formation into the ocean, often dislodging rocks in their path. Although these rocks have no structural relevance so it’s probably not an issue.

The world is in mourning for a wonderful natural phenomenon that has been taken back by nature. Mother Nature gives and obviously she takes away, I’m just glad that so many of us got to enjoy the majesty of Azure Window.

Luckily there is a lesser-known rock window near by in Wied il-Mielah, so check that out if you are meandering around Malta with no rock formation to look at.

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Will European Parliament End Visa-Free Travel for Americans?

American President Trump has been making plenty of headlines with his bold and unprecedented moves regarding immigration and these are having global repercussions. In a shocking move, the European Parliament has recently called for a vote to end visa-free travel for all U.S. passport holders. This is obviously in response to Trump’s travel ban and other diplomatic moves the new president has enacted.

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American President Trump has been making plenty of headlines with his bold and unprecedented moves regarding immigration and these are having global repercussions. In a shocking move, the European Parliament has recently called for a vote to end visa-free travel for all U.S. passport holders. This is obviously in response to Trump’s travel ban and other diplomatic moves the new president has enacted. American’s have been divided on Trump’s moves but the majority of them haven’t been affected by these unparalleled moves until now. SO how does the European Parliament’s move affect American’s in general?

 

American’s have long enjoyed visa-free travel to all of the European Union (EU) countries meaning that we haven’t had to apply for travel visa when vacationing overseas, that all may change. The European parliament introduced a bill that if voted in, would require Americans to obtain visas before entering certain countries. That’s a huge shift to the global market and our freedom as Americans.

 

Essentially we are losing privileges because of the Trump Administration’s travel bans. If you have been living under a rock for the past few months, Trump has essentially banned incoming immigrants and travelers from certain countries including EU ones like Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania.

 

So is this a real life outcome? Yes, it most certainly could be unless our governments can work out some sort of resolution. Many believe this is just the EU trying to play hardball with Trump and his minions. I have to agree but it could turn into something much worse. Could this be a sign of times to come? Yes, this could set a president that all other countries could follow in response to America’s strict new immigration guidelines. Could this start a new world war? Sure, anything is possible when you have world leaders with chips on their shoulders like Trump, Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

 

What’s next in this tense situation?

The European Parliament, the governing arm of the European Union will meet again and possibly vote on this proposed bill in June. This gives both sides time to cool down and work on a possible solution. If nothing is reached by then, who knows where this will lead. The American’s visa-free travel could be lifted temporarily as a test of the new policy or both sides could agree to terms. It’s all political banter right now and as we have learned recently, who really knows what’s going on in politics?

This is scary times indeed as the travel ban goes into effect and world leaders scramble to discuss possible solutions; we American travelers are left in limbo. Much like foreign travelers trying to enter the United States, American travelers wonder if their upcoming European vacations will have to be altered.

 

I’ll keep you all posted on any new developments and if you have any doubt, check to see if you need a visa to travel to any destination.   Is it safe to travel, yes, but it’s always good to be knowledgeable of on-going situations like this one.

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