Travel & Outdoors

Hiking the Very Dangerous Pali Notches Trail in Hawaii

There are a few hikes on Oahu that I had on my “not going to attempt” list. Up until a week ago the Pali Notches was one of them as it has a reputation for being very dangerous. If you’re driving up the Pali Highway from town you can see two notches cut in the narrow ridgeline. The notches are man-made. They were created by warriors of ancient Oahu to house cannons when defending attacks from Nu’uanu Valley. In 1795, King Kamehameha’s warriors disabled these cannons in the Battle of Nu’uanu which helped him conquer Oahu. So, if the ancient Hawaiian warriors were able to hike the Read More

Make an Emergency Flash Drive and Take it With You Whenever You Travel

You lost your wallet in Jakarta. You got hit by a car in Paris. You need to get online in a sketchy internet cafe in Reno. Getting stuck in a strange city with no ID, no money, no credit cards, and no medical or insurance documents can be inconvenient. In a medical emergency, it can be life-threatening. So have a backup plan: a secure flash drive loaded with your most vital documents and details. Here’s how to build your own. Choosing a drive First thing you’ll need is a flash drive somewhere in the 1GB range. A conventional stick running TrueCrypt will work fine. The Verbatim Tough-n-Tiny Read More

Can you travel on a flight with your electric skateboard?

Personal Mobility is a HOT industry and with that comes the electric skateboard. For those of you who are not in the loop, let me explain: In congested cities such as New York, Los Angeles, London or Rome, getting from point A to B with a car is almost as much fun as a root canal without anesthetic. Finding a place to park is a nightmare, and when you eventually do, it’s ridiculously expensive and typically nowhere near your destination so you tend to walk a couple of blocks to where you need to get to. Yes, you can Uber or Lyft, but it comes at a Read More

THE NEW SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD TO REPRESENT GLOBAL HERITAGE

In 2007, more than 100 million people voted to declare the New Seven Wonders of the World. The following list of seven winners is presented without ranking, and aims to represent global heritage. Great Wall of China (China) Built between the 5th century B.C. and the 16th century, the Great Wall of China is a stone-and-earth fortification created to protect the borders of the Chinese Empire from invading Mongols. The Great Wall is actually a succession of multiple walls spanning approximately 4,000 miles, making it the world’s longest manmade structure. Christ the Redeemer Statue (Rio de Janeiro) The Art Deco-style Christ the Redeemer statue has been looming Read More

This Job Pays $10,000 Per Month Just to Live in Cancun, Mexico

Looking for a part-time job? Mexico has an offer that’s pretty hard to refuse. Cancun, the popular vacation resort along the Mexican coast, says it’s on the hunt for a CEO—Cancun Experience Officer. And it will pay $10,000 per month and cover all expenses of whoever gets the six-month job. If you’re interested in applying, you’ll have to be available to live in Cancun from March to Aug. 2018 without interruptions. And there’s a surprisingly thorough job application (which requires a one minute video) you’ll have to fill out as well. And while the pay and benefits are pretty excellent, this isn’t a six month vacation. You’ll Read More

The Very Best Romantic Places in New York City You Need To Visit

Okay, New York City is not exactly on the radar as the most romantic city on the planet. Yet, for many smitten New Yorkers, Eve wasn’t the only one tempted by a big apple. Here, a collection of flirtatious, romantic places in the city even Cupid would approve. Empire State Building One of the most romantic scenes in “Sleepless in Seattle” took place on top of this iconic building. Come at night, when you can’t help but embrace the glimmering city views — and each other. The 86th-floor Observatory has an outdoor deck that wraps around the building and the 102nd floor is the highest point in Read More

America’s Most Romantic Hotel CREATES A backdrop fairytale vacation

Step inside this 19th-century Newport, Rhode Island, mansion-turned-boutique-hotel, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another time period, complete with a Gilded-Age lobby decked out with gold accents, luxurious chandeliers, and modern wood flooring Walking through The Chanler at Cliff Walk and staying in its charming rooms, you’ll soon realize why this historic establishment has been voted 2016’s Most Romantic Hotel in America. The Chanler was originally built by New York Congressman John Winthrop Chanler in 1873 but now houses 20 elegantly themed rooms, each designed around a particular period in time, from French Provincial to Greek Revival. To imagine that Chanler built what he called Read More

Walking Tour of Greenwich Village – Take a walk, see the sights

Greenwich Village long ago earned a reputation as a magnet for bohemians and intellectuals. Generations of artists and writers-Henry James and Edgar Allan Poe, Jackson Pollack and e.e. cummings-gave the neighborhood its freewheeling identity, and radical thinkers from Upton Sinclair to John Reed have held forth in smoky Village cafes. But it’s been many years since starving artists were able to afford these rents. While the neighborhood does retain a definite live-and-let-live, left-of-center vibe, it’s gone upscale these days. The really cutting-edge art scene has long since fled to Chelsea, the East Village, Brooklyn and Queens. Nevertheless, the Village remains one of New York’s most appealing neighborhoods, Read More

Top Halloween Destinations in the US

What’s your idea of a perfect Halloween? Does it include some combination of fun costumes, trick-or-treating and haunted houses? Or perhaps a visit to a pumpkin patch? If traveling to find the ideal Halloween experience is part of the plan, then you’re in luck. RewardExpert released a report identifying some of the best Halloween cities in each region of the country. The travel rewards website studied the 20 most populous areas in the Midwest, South, West and Northeast in order to identify the top Halloween vacation destinations for each region. The ranking is based in part on Halloween activities in each city, but also heavily factors climate, safety, price and ease Read More

Things To Do in January and February in Jackson Hole

No doubt about it: Ski season is in full swing in Jackson Hole during the months of January and February. But there are other winter pastimes and events available for you and your family to experience while you’re in the Tetons. Here is our round-up of what’s going on. Ongoing: “Feathered Fridays” at the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center on Cache Street from noon-2 p.m. every Friday. The program features naturalists and educators from the Raptor Center and the National Elk Refuge, along with a variety of live raptors on the glove. There is no beginning, middle or end to this free program during the Read More