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Linda Aksomitis & David Aksomitis

Travel bloggers, Linda Aksomitis & David Aksomitis, started exploring North America in the 1980s, racing on snowmobile ice oval tracks, and have been travelling ever since! That’s them above now at the Bonnevile Salt Flats Speedway in Utah. They share worldwide travel adventures with a twist of history here on guide2travel.

Canada

Wakamow Valley: Outdoor Adventures in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Urban parks often offer residents and visitors alike the ultimate experience. Within minutes, you can trade in laughter and the lunch crowds for bird calls and the scent of flowers. What could be better? The Wakamow Valley in Moose Jaw provides a four-season...
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Crepes, Wood Fired Pizza & More: Whytewold Emporium

An emporium is a business that sells a variety of goods -- and the Whytewold Emporium truly earns its name! Located south of Winnipeg Beach in Whytewold, on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba's Interlake Region, there's something for everyone at this...
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Rodeo Bull Riding, Bronc Busting, Calf Roping & More: Things to See in Saskatchewan

Rodeos may have started as a way for vaqueros or cowboys to strut their...
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Hopkins Dining Parlour in Moose Jaw: Fine Dining and the Most Ghosts

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, is, as they say, "surprisingly unexpected." A city of under 40,000, it's a mere 45 minutes from Regina, which is the capital of Saskatchewan and Queen City of the Plains. Moose Jaw, though small, offers visitors many diiferent...
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Western Canada’s 8 Best Open Air Museums

It takes just over 1000 miles (1665 km) to explore Western Canada's best 8 open air museums -- a trip that takes you as far back in time as the fur trade's historic forts, right through to the threshing machines that made Saskatchewan the bread basket of the world....
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Take a Weekend Getaway to Casino Regina and the Casino Show Lounge

Casino Regina is one of Western Canada's premier weekend destinations for grown-ups. In addition to traditional casino options, it's also home to one of Regina, Saskatchewan's, most popular entertainment venues with the Casino Regina Show Lounge. Re-imagined and...
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Interested in Snakes? See Tens of Thousands in Manitoba’s Narcisse Snake Dens

Spring in Canada is a season of renewal after the winter dormancy. And while we wait anxiously for the green grass, the buds that will turn into leaves, and the first crocuses on the hillsides, few anticipate the return of snakes crawling out of the rocks. Few that...
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20,000 Miles of Snowmobile Trails — Quebec the Ultimate Winter Destination — #Photos

Quebec is a winter paradise -- especially for those of us who love snowmobiles. This Eastern Canadian province has 20,500 miles (33,000 km) of groomed trails that stretch from the shores of the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Upper Laurentians to Gaspe, up against the...
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La Poutine Week — Celebrating 60 Years Of Potatoes & Cheese Curds

La Poutine Week may still be fighting its way to National recognition, but for Quebecois Canadians there's no doubt that it exists! According to the BBC, La Poutine Week all started in 2013 by who else but a food blogger, Naeem Adam. The celebrations run through the...
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Check out These Best Small Towns in Canada

When the New York Times says Canada is the #1 best place to go in 2017, you can't help but get excited! After all, there are literally thousands of undiscovered treasures to explore here -- Country Living just came out with this list of 40 best small towns in Canada...
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Nordic Spas are for Everyone, Even the Faint of Heart

What's not to love about a day of relaxation and rejuvenation in the middle of a holiday? Whether you'd like to alleviate some of those aches and pains that come with age (the least exciting part of being a baby boomer!), or find a way to escape some stress, a spa can...
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From a Kodiak Bear to Canyons to the Western Shorebird Reserve — Road Trip

Did you know that out of Montana's 56 counties, 46 are considered "frontier counties" with an average population of six or fewer people per square mile? Or that it's the fourth largest state in the US? What that means, of course, is that there are lots of highways...
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Authentic Mediterranean Cuisine in Saskatchewan–Blacktop Diner’s Olive Tree Restaurant

Traveling Saskatchewan's highways, you come to expect the unexpected. A ship built to sail from land-locked Saskatchewan to Finland. A town celebrating its record of having Canada's hottest ever temperature. A winery offering specialties from rhubarb or grape wine to...
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What Do Saskatchewan’s Herschel Petroglyphs Depict? #ExploreSask

The native prairie habitat of the Great Plains of North America has been ripped up by the plow, and replaced by grain fields, through most of the continent, including Saskatchewan. However, Herschel, a small town nestled where the Coal Mine Ravine joins the Eagle...
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What Gives Kluane Lake in the Yukon its Turquoise Color?

A visit to the Yukon is full of many unexpected discoveries--one of the most unusual being the turquoise hue of Kluane Lake. While many head to the Caribbean for its turquoise, few even know that Kluane National Park has such beautiful water. According to NASA...
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United States

Discover the Legends of Devil’s Gate — Landmark in Wyoming

Devil's Gate, a 30 foot or so wide gap nearly 400 feet high, looks like Paul Bunyan took his ax and chopped a wedge out of the granite of the Rattlesnake Mountains. Early Shoshone and Arapaho people had their own legend of how it was formed though. They tell about a...
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Check out the 1908 Old West Montana Bar in Miles City

Instead of staring down at diners from his mount on the wall, the red longhorn steer at the historic Montana Bar once led a herd of a thousand, or more, mooing cattle through Miles City on their way to the railhead. He'd have had dust in his eyes then,...
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Discover the Mysteries of Idaho’s Craters of the Moon

Volcanic craters, cinder cones, crumbles of lumpy lava -- it may indeed all seem like an alien moonscape. However, it isn't. It's actually a 618 square mile (1600 square km) Preserve in the state of Idaho. It is, however, aptly called Craters of the Moon. Perhaps it's...
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Butch Cassidy Museum — Old West Wild Bunch Outlaws in Montpelier, ID

Butch Cassidy and his group of outlaws, known as the Wild Bunch, galloped through the American West pulling train and bank robberies everywhere from Idaho to Colorado, Utah to New Mexico, and Nevada to Montana. In fact, Cassidy had the longest stretch of successful...
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Hill Aerospace Museum — Hundreds of Planes from WWI to the Cold War

From the earliest airplanes flown in combat, through to planes with amazing stealth capabilities, the Hill Aerospace Museum is one of those "can't miss" attractions when you're anywhere near Salt Lake City. We saw the first signs for it several hundred miles before we...
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Wabasha Street Caves & their Prohibition Secrets — Saint Paul, MN

Speakeasies -- those hidden nightclubs of the prohibition era -- abounded in North America in the...
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Paddling Adventures in Peninsula State Park — Door County, WI

Paddling is one of the fastest growing sports in North America with sea/tour kayaking seeing some of the fastest growth (well that and SUP or Stand Up Paddling). And really, most people who have tried paddling agree there's nothing better on a sunny afternoon than the...
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35 Reasons to Hike the Appalachian Trail for its 80th Anniversary

The Appalachian Trail celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2017. An amazing 17,000+ hikers have completed the 2190 mile hike since the trail was completed from Maine to Georgia in 1937. And me? I've been able to hike the Appalachian Trail, but only for a few miles from...
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If You Only See One Thing in Montana it Must Be the Miracle of America Museum

There's a lot to see in Big Sky Country -- from a wild west history, to Yellowstone and Glacier Parks, this fourth largest state by area seems to have it all. And judging by collector extraordinaire, Gils Mangles' museum, Miracle of America, it also has one of the...
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Try some Go To Jail Ale or Big House IPA at Prison Brews Brewpub

Found in Missouri's historic district, just two blocks from the old Missouri State Penitentiary, Prison Brews provides the perfect opportunity to break out of the ordinary and have some fun! Prison Brews is a themed brewpub just a couple of blocks from the original...
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Best Things to See & Do if You Only Have 1 Day in Portland

Pretty may be too mundane of a word to describe Portland, Oregon, with its more than 11,000 acres in its Parks & Recreation system, but pretty it is. A city of green spaces, you'll find bigleaf maples, red alders, and Oregon white oaks, along with evergreens like...
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Trail’s End Monument to Cattle Drives & the Old West in Sedalia, MO

Clint Eastwood launched his acting career in 1959 when the television show, Rawhide, turned the cattle drives of the mid-1800s into a hit series that ran for eight seasons with 200+ episodes. And Sedalia, MO, was the historical cowtown destination with its stockyards...
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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum — From the Movies to the White House

Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States, was America's oldest president, and some might say brought one of the most colorful personal histories to the White House. Indeed, acting in 50+ films, over nearly three decades, seems an unlikely career choice for...
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Explore the Fishing Village of Morro Bay on the California Coast

Mist rolled off the waters of the bay, shrouding the seaside fishing community of Morro Bay, as well as Morro Rock, the formation also known as the Gibraltar of the Pacific. About 23 million years old, the rock is all that remains of an ancient volcano. The rock...
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8 Attractions in New Mexico You Probably Haven’t Visited Yet

The American Southwest is an amazing place to visit. The only problem I have is narrowing the list of things I could do to fit into the amount of time I have! So, I thought I’d help you out by sharing these 8 attractions in New Mexico that you probably haven't visited...
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Europe

St. Adalbert Church in Krakow Market Square — 1000 Years of History

St. Adalbert Church stands out not because of its grandeur in Krakow's Market Square, but because of its simple white masonry, hard-to-put-a-finger-on design, that's topped with a simple cross. Indeed, parts of the pre-Roman, Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque...
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How to Visit Europe on a Budget Without Backpacks or Hostels

Traveling to Europe is often the adventure of a lifetime. While the costs can be high, they don't have to be. In fact, you can visit Europe on a budget without backpacks or hostels. Luckily for those of us who've always dreamed of knights and castles, the Backpacker...
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FREE Things to See in Stockholm: Knights & Castle Walls at the Medieval Museum

Medieval Museum in Stockholm If you dream of knights in armor and everything that goes on behind castle walls, this free museum is a must-see on your list of things to do in Stockholm. We wandered into the Medieval Museum by accident while we were exploring the Royal...
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Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe Glacier, Snowfun Park, & Ice Palace

The Top of Europe The Top of Europe, as you might expect, is high in the Alps mountain range that runs for 1200 km through eight alpine countries. What you might not expect though, is that it's the viewing point for the longest glacier in the Alps, the Great Aletsch...
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Try Some Swedish Meatballs on #NationalMeatballDay

Meatballs are one of Sweden's best known traditional foods -- although we celebrate them in North America too, with National Meatball Day, every year on March 9. When I visited Sweden, I was lucky enough to sample Swedish meatballs at the centuries old Tant Bruns...
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Things to Do in Krakow, Poland: Bar Hopping in Historic Old Town

Mix the joie de vi·vre of a New Orleans Mardi Gras with the statues and architecture of a medieval town square, and you've got an evening in Krakow, Poland's, historic Old Town. And whether you regularly indulge in a little bar hopping or not, you'll be swept away by...
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Berlin Wall to Cold War Planes: Try These Berlin Day Trips

Lonely Planet describes Berlin as a combo of glamour and grit. Truly, when you contrast the restored Reichstag building of the late 1800s, which is now home to the country's parliament, with the last standing cement chunks of the Berlin Wall, this European capital has...
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What Makes Amsterdam Europe’s Most Romantic City?

Every Valentine's Day new lists of the most romantic cities are released -- this year, the Independent, one of London's online newspapers, named Amsterdam as possibly Europe's most romantic city. And when I started thinking about romance, I had to agree that Amsterdam...
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Amsterdam Torture Museum — Guess Why These Masks Were Used

The Amsterdam Museum of Torture is listed as one of the world's strangest museums -- and when you walk through this maze of shadowy rooms, running your fingers over cold wooden and metal instruments that have elicited screams of terror, it's the stuff of nightmares....
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Meet Vikings in Sigtuna: Viking Runes to Viking Ruins

Vikings were once powerful masters of the seas. Their ship building skills were superior, enabling them to sail oceans that Europeans from other countries couldn't. Since the days I studied history at school, we've even discovered that the Vikings visited Canada and...
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Stockholm: City of Bridges #photooftheday

Stockholm, Sweden, is a city of bridges, which seems logical when you think about its location. While Sweden isn't an island, since land connects to Norway on the West and Finland to the North, its capital, Stockholm, is built on 14 islands. Some 57 bridges connect...
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Antique Horse Drawn Carriage Ride in Kraków Old Town – #photooftheday

Krakow Old Town is a medieval center that has survived for eleven centuries--even through the bombings of World War II, which devastated other Polish cities. The horrors of war, however, didn't completely miss the area as it's just over 40 miles to Auschwitz Birkenau...
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Road Trip to Strangnas on Lake Malaren in Sweden — #photooftheday

Sweden has many inland lakes and rivers -- in fact they cover 10% of the countryside. So, it's no wonder that some of the most scenic day road trips from Stockholm are to little seaside towns. We'd spent most of our time in Sweden in Stockholm, with just one side...
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Crazy Speeds & Wild Whirls at Gröna Lund–Oldest Amusement Park in Sweden

If you need an adrenaline rush on a regular basis, you may have developed that need at an amusement park as a child. Whether you had one locally, or in a driveable distance, like my kids did with Calaway Park outside Calgary, Alberta--or made do with the summer fair...
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Sigtuna is Home to Sweden’s Smallest Library — Can You Guess What it Used to Be? #TriviaTuesday

Sigtuna, Sweden's oldest city, is a gem hidden in the shadow of its much newer and larger cousin, Stockholm--the fastest growing city in Europe. Less than 50 km from Stockholm, Erik the Victorious established the town back in 970 AD. It's in the municipality...
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Asia, Mexico & Cruises

Road Trip from Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines, to Manila, Philippines: A Photo Journal

Road trips generally provide a great opportunity to see what a country is really like. This was certainly true on my recent trip to the Philippines, where I conducted a workshop at TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange). Usually, road trips are planned. Mine wasn't --...
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Discover Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines and the Banaue Hotel & Youth Hostel

Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines, literally throbbed with activity -- trikes scooting along with passenger sidecars, jeepneys, full to capacity with young boys leaning off the top like an illustration in a children's picture book, cables crisscrossing overhead connecting...
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Relax in a Philippines Paradise: Ibulao Bed & Breakfast Restaurant

The mountain top Ibulao Bed & Breakfast Restaurant in Kiangan, in the Philippine municipality of Banaue in Ifuao province, is about as close to paradise as you can get -- especially if you love thick, verdant greenery and flowers as far as you can see. With a...
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Discover Mayan Ruins at the Pyramids of Chichen Itza & Coba in Mexico

Some visit Mexico for the beautiful azure blue water and white sandy beaches. Some for tropical weather getaways from colder climates. Me, I planned my trip to Cancun to discover the secrets of the Mayan ruins, some of Mexico’s most amazing treasures. Ancient Mayan...
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Rice Dessert Filipino Style — the Secret Ingredient in Traditional Bibingkang Kanin

Rice pudding is one of those desserts that has a place in almost every culture around the world--with variations to suit each one. In fact, for thousands of years rice pudding was considered a good way to treat stomach ailments. If you're like me, you may have even...
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What to Do if You Only have 4 Hours on St. Thomas Island in the Caribbean

St. Thomas may only cover 32 square miles in size, but it's one of the world's most heavily trafficked cruise ports. I arrived on board the cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas, and took a local taxi/tour for an insider view of the must-see things in my four hours. The tour...
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Caribbean Vacations: Things to do on St. Martin Island #SXM

Isla de San Martin, today's St. Martin Island/Sint Maarten, must have seemed to be a green gem in the Caribbean Sea when Columbus became the first European to see it on November 11, 1493--St. Martin's Day. It was Columbus's second Caribbean trip and whether he made a...
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Nassau, Bahamas: 10 Amazing Things to See and Do

Nassau, Bahamas, is a popular spot for cruiselines to dock--and it's no wonder with all the natural beauty and attractions the island has to offer. From family to fitness to romance, there's a cruise suited to your dream vacation headed to this destination! Or, if...
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Caribbean Beach Adventure for the Daring–Maho Beach in St. Maarten

The aquamarine colors of the Caribbean Sea inspire the same trust and peace as the gemstone it gets its name from. The gem, fabled to have been blessed by the god of the sea and found in a mermaid's treasure chest, has appeared in stories throughout written history....
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Experience the Rainforest at Batang Ai Longhouse Resort in Sarawak, Malaysia

What better time to look back at my visit to Malaysia's rainforest than when the winter's first snowstorm hits Saskatchewan? While it's been a few years since my visit, it feels like yesterday when I browse through my photos and travel journal. Malaysia is a great...
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Favorite Cities–Kuching–The City of Cats

Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, is about as different from life in Saskatchewan as you can get! While the whole three weeks I spent in Malaysia were a life-changing experience, this city stood out as a favorite for many reasons. Situated in the tropical rain forest,...
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Adventure Travel in the Rainforest

“Ack-ack, ack-ack,” clicked a gecko, adding harmony to the echoing kak-kak of the hornbill, the high whine of Borneo cicadas, the tonk-tonk of the brown barbet. Under my bare feet, the belian hardwood, or ironwood of Borneo, deck boards felt smooth and warm. The rich...
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I Danced with Headhunters in Borneo

Swinging a long curved pedang sword, the Iban Headman (chief) held his terabai (shield) in front of himself as he moved--"ayahhhh" he screeched with each whirl, as if issuing a challenge. I glanced at his hand to see if it was tattooed, which would have meant he'd...
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Crocodile! Floating Down the Menanggul River in Borneo, Malaysia

Mist shrouds the jungle, amplifying the sounds like concert speakers.  It's easy to miss the stealthy crocodile gliding soundlessly under the water...only bubbles alongside the canoe give him away. Eric, our guide, appears unconcerned when I point them out, but he's...
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Mayan Zipline, Rappelling & More in Mexico

Peering over the edge of an overlook was hard--dropping off one was even harder--especially backwards! Safety ropes in hand, I stared at the rest of the group. All I had to do was lean back and let myself fall. The guide grinned and said it was easy--my safety ropes...
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Trivia & Infographics

Fun Facts About Canada as we Celebrate our 150 Anniversary

Are you planning to join Canadians to celebrate Canada's sesquicentennial -- 150th birthday -- in 2017? There are lots of events planned from coast to coast to share our excitement. So whether it's your first visit, or your tenth, plan to come to the Great White North...
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What’s Your Favorite Travel Quote?

As spring melts away under the summer sunshine, most of us start thinking about planning a summer adventure or two. And one of the best ways to find that adventure is to travel! Whether we travel by car or plane, boat or train, each passing mile takes us closer to new...
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Check Out America’s Most Popular Beaches

Summer fun is just around the corner -- and with it, all those visits to the beach. And while we all have a favorite beach, there are some beaches that just stand out for one reason or another. With beaches come beach wear, and the bikini has long been the favorite...
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35 Reasons to Hike the Appalachian Trail for its 80th Anniversary

The Appalachian Trail celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2017. An amazing 17,000+ hikers have completed the 2190 mile hike since the trail was completed from Maine to Georgia in 1937. And me? I've been able to hike the Appalachian Trail, but only for a few miles from...
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What Time Does the Bar Close Where You’re Going on Holidays?

Living in small town Saskatchewan has one big advantage--it's easy to walk home from the bar! While the weather may sometimes be chilly, we can generally get home in less time than it takes to stand outside and flag a taxi in big cities. When I'm planning trips, I try...
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