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Fun Facts About Canada as we Celebrate our 150 Anniversary

Check out this infographic of 25 fun facts about Canada along with information about the Great White North and some common misconceptions.

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What’s Your Favorite Travel Quote?

Getting ready to travel or just returning from a trip? Here are some travel quotes that span several centuries — what’s your favorite travel quote?

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Check Out America’s Most Popular Beaches

What are America’s most popular beaches? Check out this infographic to learn more about beaches and the history of the bikini–our favorite beachwear.

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35 Reasons to Hike the Appalachian Trail for its 80th Anniversary

Check out this infographic of 35 reasons to hike the Appalachian Trail — it celebrates 80 years in 2017. The 2190 miles have been hiked by 17000+ hikers.

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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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Cajun Cabin in the Louisiana Bayou – #photooftheday

Of all the cultures in the North American melting pot, none are quite as fascinating as the Cajuns. Making their home in the bayou, or rural wetlands of Louisiana, the twang of the French Cajun accents and the "joie de vivre" (joy of living) of their lifestyle, can't...
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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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23 of the World’s Most Famous Buildings–and How Long it Took to Build Them

When we think of amazing buildings, pyramids are often the first type to come to mind. I know I visited Mexico for the pyramids, not the sand and ocean! And you've no doubt seen some of the television shows about these ancient builders--the architects of the past. In...
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Travelling With the Simpsons — America’s Favorite Family

There's nothing like jaunting around the world on a weekly basis through your favorite tv shows. The sights we see both inspire and entertain us. I've even added in fancation stops when planning trips to these destinations in the real world. And what's more...
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Alabama’s Beautiful Little Stone Church Built Around a Rock

Imagine, if you can, an enormous sandstone rock plopped down in a forest--and someone deciding to build it into a pulpit and wrap a stone church around it. Sound a little crazy? Maybe. Milford Howard may not have been crazy, but he sure wasn't an ordinary guy. In...
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Dine at Kedhe’s BBQ in Sedalia, MO, in a 1920 Railroad Car

In the 1920s there were 10 million cars in America, but train travel still provided most of us with our only opportunity to travel beyond our immediate communities. In fact, it was the golden age of train travel, with 260,000 miles of train tracks by 1930. Amazingly,...
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Bucket List Dream Vacations From Fictional Characters You May Know & Love

Everyone has a bucket list of experiences they'd like to have and places they'd like to see. Me, I've always said I just want to do everything at least once. (And the fun things a few times!) However, if I had to make a list of the #1 spots right now, I'd choose...
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DSRV Avalon — Pioneer of Submarine Rescue — Morro Bay, CA

The USS Thresher atomic submarine was the first of a new class that could dive further beneath the ocean, and run quieter along the ocean floor, than any of the submarines that had come before it. Launched by the US on July 9, 1960, during the Cold War era, it...
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50 Most Visited Tourist Attractions in the World

No matter how much you enjoy off-the-beaten-path travel, sooner or later you're likely to want to see some of the world's most visited tourist attractions. I know I've been to a few--the top seven in fact, which was actually somewhat of a surprise since I've always...
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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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16 Fairytale Locations You Must Put on Your Travel Bucket List

The Ice Hotel in Quebec City looks like it could have been made of sticky white frosting that drooled over a long skinny loaf--perhaps even one made of gingerbread. At least it has seemed like a fairytale come to life destination on each of my visits. I've always...
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Paul Bunyan, Snowmobiles, a Giant Chainsaw & More in Wisconsin #TriviaTuesday

There are lots of surprises hiding between the trees in the Wisconsin Northwoods. In fact, one of my favorite heroes of traditional tall tales, Paul Bunyan, and his blue ox, were the first things I saw through the pines while driving into Sayner, Wisconsin. [tabs...
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150 Around the World Tourist Discoveries & Travel Tips

Looking for tourist discoveries and destinations off the beaten path? Love Home Swap surveyed their 57,000+ members for local tips and advice. What did they gather? Well, everything from the best restaurants and bars to the most interesting museums and galleries. So,...
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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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Staggering Facts About Beer Drinking Around the World #InternationalBeerDay

Plato said, "He was a wise man who invented beer," showing our fondness of this beverage is well over 2,000 years old. But even in Plato's time, beer was far from new--in fact, beer residue was found in 7000 year old pottery jars from Iran. So, what's with our love of...
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What Historic Building is Home to the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans?

No matter where you go in the world you'll find zoos and aquariums--you won't, however, find many Insectariums. It may be that we're a little afraid of insects and their habits. From hornets and tsetse flies, to driver ants and mosquitos, the bugs we encounter are...
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How Many Canals are there in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is a city of canals--in fact, this city in the Netherlands is sometimes called the "Venice of the North." In 2010, three of these canals, which together form the Amsterdam canal belt, were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. These three canals,...
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Explore Berlin–10 Berlin City Walks

You didn't have to live in Russia or the U.S. to be impacted by the Cold War--or the Berlin Wall, one of the most visual reminders to the whole world of the great divide. However, it wasn't until I got lost on a Berlin city walk that I even thought about how people on...
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What’s the Famous Cherry Breakfast Dish at Door County’s White Gull Inn?

White Gull Inn is an historic bed & breakfast situated in Fish Creek, Wisconsin, near Peninsula State Park. At the grand old age of 120 years, the Inn was the first building in a resort built by Dr. Herman Welcker. Visitors from as far away as Chicago used to...
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The Broadway Diner in Columbia, Missouri, is a Valentine Diner–What’s that?

The Broadway Diner in Columbia, Missouri, is famous for its made-from-scratch food--ask any of the nearby University of Columbia students, many of whom are now spread out over the whole USA, just how good it was to sit down to some of mom's home cooking. But that's...
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