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Staying Plugged In: WiFi, Mobile Phone and Electronic Tips for Ireland




From windswept stretches of rugged coastline to rowdy pubs flowing with Guinness, towering old castles to a romantic countryside where ponies run free, this is Ireland -- the land of your dreams and the trip of your lifetime. So, now that you’ve made your travel plans here are some useful things you’ll need to know for your arrival. From WiFi to cell phones, electrical devices to hair dryers, here are our tips for what to pack, what to know, and what you can expect when you power up on the Emerald Isle:




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Topics: Ireland Vacation


Shorter TSA Wait Times: Smart Travel Tips




We’ve all been there; racing past baggage claim for a plane that is about to board when suddenly we are stopped dead in our tracks. In queues that snake their way across the landscape like the wait lines at Disney World, we come face-to-face with the TSA line. Jam-packed with hurried travelers, the security lines inch forward at a snail’s pace while people attempt to remove their shoes, empty their pockets, and pray that they are not next in line for a TSA pat down.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation


Bootleggers and Brothels: Alaska’s Old Red Light District




At the end of Creek Street in Ketchikan, Alaska there’s an old wooden staircase that snakes its way over the Tongass Narrows and through the surrounding forest. Known as “Married Man’s Trail,” this is what remains of a muddy path along the creek that once provided discretion for men visiting the city’s numerous brothels. Today, this historic street offers visitors a unique and interesting look into the past.




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Topics: Alaska


Hawaii on a Budget




With endless sunshine, miles of sandy beaches and a fascinating local culture, it’s no wonder Hawaii tops most everyone’s bucket list. But for many travelers, the allure of the Aloha State is at odds with the cost, and enjoying a getaway without breaking the bank can be a challenge. Here are 10 tips on how to afford a Hawaii vacation on a budget:




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Topics: Hawaii


A Burst of Wonder: Traveling to Yellowstone’s Old Faithful




Travel back in history to a time when cell phones were unthinkable, cars did not exist and the only roads were dirt ones. More than a century in the rearview mirror, this was a day when man stumbled headlong into wonder and a legend was born. Let your imagination take you along with the exploration party of Washburn, Lanford and Doane as they amble on horseback through the landscape of the Firehole River Valley.




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Topics: US National Parks


The Road to Nowhere: Traveling the Hana Highway




Somewhere off the beaten path, in a scenic sight not mentioned in the guidebooks, there’s an old picnic table at the edge of nowhere where you can enjoy a picnic lunch in the closest you’ll ever get to the Garden of Eden. The site is just one of the many unexpected treasures along the Hana Highway, a remote stretch of road that connects Kahului to Hana and then snakes its way up the mountain pass to the desert side of Maui.




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Topics: Hawaii


Your New England Travels: 8 Easy Steps for Eating Lobster




New England is known for its many flavors. From cranberry bogs to fresh-harvested apples, creamy chowder to a heaping mound of whole-belly clams, there is much to savor. But just ask any respectable Yankee about his favorite place to eat and chances are you’ll get an earful about an out-of-the-way seafood shack and the perfection of a fresh-steamed lobster. So the next time you find yourself down east, order one up for yourself. But before you do, make sure you know how it’s done. Here are a few easy steps that will have you cracking lobster like a native:




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Topics: New England/Canada


The Big Idea: The Creation of the National Parks System




In 1832, an artist by the name of George Catlin traveled to the northern Great Plains of the United States. He was awestruck by the majestic beauty of the rugged frontier and the scenic views that peppered the remote landscape. But Catlin was also troubled by the destruction of the Indian civilization, wildlife, and wilderness that the westward expansion threatened. He proposed a “nation’s park, containing man and beast, in all the wild[ness] and freshness of their nature’s beauty!”




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Topics: US National Parks


Paradise Found: Vacationing in Waikiki, Hawaii




Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach is like a scene from a movie set. Bronzed surfers walk the length of longboards sailing over white-capped waves as children race to build castles in the sand before the rising tides carry them away. There are vacationers attempting the hula while giddy girls slather on sunscreen while reclining in the sun. It is the iconic beach you’ve always dreamed of, the ideal getaway that even reality can’t spoil.




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Topics: Hawaii


The People of the Tides: Traveling to Saxman Native Village




The Tlingit Indians have lived, fished, and hunted along the shores of Southeast Alaska for thousands of years. As their name proclaims, they have always been “People of the Tides.” In a world that is constantly changing and reshaping, these First Nation peoples have held tightly to the traditions of their past and clung fiercely to the ways of their beautiful homeland.




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Topics: Alaska


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