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5 Ways Technology is Changing Travel Planning

Posted  July 23, 2014  by  Jim Cheney

The great Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” The same could be said about technology. With new gadgets and phone apps coming out daily, the way you did things last month or last year may no longer the […]

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Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro (Creative Commons, user "over_kind_man")

Travel Quiz of the Month: Brazil

Posted  July 8, 2014  by  Jim Cheney

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the World Cup has been going on in Brazil since mid-June. As the most popular sporting event in the world, it has turned a lot of attention to Brazil and brought many new travelers to the country. And, with the Summer Olympics coming to the […]

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Tourists Crowd the entrance to the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.

Is Getting “Off-The-Beaten-Path” Overrated?

Posted  June 25, 2014  by  Jim Cheney

If you read nearly any travel blog out there, they will tell you about all their experiences “getting off-the-beaten-path”. They will regale you with stories of cities where they were the first foreigner to visit in 20 years, and how their experiences were “more authentic” than those who only saw a country’s major sites. However, […]

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Rogue Public House in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon.
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An Afternoon Brewery Crawl Through Portland’s Pearl District

Posted  May 28, 2014  by  Jim Cheney

When you think beer, Portland, Oregon, in the US Pacific Northwest might not be the first city to come to mind. However, it should certainly be near the top of the list. Despite not having the centuries old beer heritage that cities like Munich, Prague, or even Philadelphia have, Portland is home to many fantastic […]

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An alligator at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.
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Alligator Spotting at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Posted  May 14, 2014  by  Jim Cheney

I’m a big fan of seeing wildlife in their natural habitat. However, my encounters have been few and far between. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to have the chance to go on an Africa safari and, despite all my hiking, haven’t even seen a wild bear. I’ve had some good encounters with monkeys in Southeast Asia and […]

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