Protected: The Mysteries of the Magic Moai

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How to Breeze Through Security

After the September 11 attacks, airline travel was forever changed by new regulations and tightened security. To make things worse, in 2001 Richard Reid unsuccessfully tried to light a bomb hidden in his shoe on an American Airlines flight. The incident spurred a new rule requiring passengers to remove and screen their footwear. Then, in […]

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How to Bounce around Asia Cheaply

What if I told you that you could fly to Asia for $402? Yes, that’s right. Round trip flights from LAX to Kuala Lumpur allow a free stop in China and can cost less than flying to New York. Once you’re there, you can use a cheap local carrier to visit Asian destinations for next […]

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Looking for Al Capone

I visit cemeteries. Not so much because I have a fascination with them or dead people. I have just found it extremely interesting to visit a city and see if there’s anyone notable buried there that I may have heard of. Then I go visit them: rock stars, movie stars, famous magicians, or even presidents […]

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Protected: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About San Antonio

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Putting Together Your Travel Bucket List

“A goal not written is only a wish” Anonymous A fellow traveler and I were discussing upcoming trips and she proudly announced that she was going to be a passenger in a hot air balloon at the Albuquerque balloon festival. I had been there 2 years before and and it was amazing.  We started comparing […]

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DIY Northern Italy

You can’t go wrong with Italy. It is one of the most exciting destinations in the world. The Italians exude so much history, style, art and great food, they even make the French jealous..If you’ve been once, you’ve no doubt crossed the Venice, Rome and Florence triangle off your list. Repeat visitors usually knock out […]

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Looking for Ghosts in San Diego

I had just checked into the Grande Colonial La Jolla and everything seemed as normal as it could be. As I turned toward the elevator, the man at the desk stopped me. “You don’t want to forget this” he’s said as he passed a small attaché case across the counter. “it’s your ghost hunter kit. […]

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How I Survived a Russian Sauna (Ба́ня здоровит, разгово́р весели́т.)

I’m sure we’ve all been in a similar situation. You’re in the country of Belarus, hanging out with the daughter (you’ve never met) of a former girlfriend, who lives in Dubai, when you get invited by the daughter’s high school friend to visit his parents and try their Russian sauna. Sound familiar? Like I said, […]

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Why it’s a Great Time to Visit Belarus Now

You may have never heard of Belarus. It’s one of those former USSR territories that gained its independence in the early 1990s and hasn’t seen a lot of publicity since. It’s strongly tied to Russia (Belarus actually means “White Russia” even though no one has ever heard of the created-in-America drink) and currently has the […]

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