Posts tagged "travel"

Pilot Proposes To Flight Attendant Girlfriend In Mid-Air

I will forever remain a curmudgeon about proposal videos as a general concept, but I have a soft spot for mid-air romance, so I'm going to have to make an exception for Brandy Hollenbeck and Eric Greener, who got engaged on an Alaska Airlines flight after Greener shared their love story over the plane's PA system. The two are…
By: Claire Hannum / March 24, 2015

Wanderlust: Sometimes, You Just Got To Go With The Flow

Last week, I wrote about knowing and accepting when it's time to move on. I've been getting that itch lately, telling me that it is time to leave the Big Island of Hawaii. I know that I don't really have any other choice but to scratch it and say "see ya later." Though, as nature…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / March 24, 2015

Travel Porn: 12 Places In The U.S. To See Stunning Spring Flowers

Winter is still clinging to every last bit of life it can grasp here in New York, but spring is just around the corner, and in many parts of the U.S., it's already arrived! Am I the only one that feels like a walk through a path of bright-colored flowers is basically a free happy pill? To get a fix,…
By: Claire Hannum / March 23, 2015

Wanderlust: On Failing Plans & Learning To Move On

I arrived on The Big Island on the night before New Year's Eve. It was the cheapest day to fly and even though I would've preferred to spend the holidays with family and friends, I really wanted to start my travel adventures on a fiscally responsible note. Which also made me decide to get o…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / March 17, 2015

Cities That Surprise: St. Augustine, Florida

As the oldest continually occupied city in the United States (settled in 1565!), St. Augustine, Florida is full of stories to tell. It has all the benefits of a close-knit small town with the added benefits of surreal scenery, rich history and creative inspiration. St. Augustine boasts residents whose families have lived in the area…
By: Claire Hannum / March 10, 2015

Happy Monday, Let’s Zone Out To Some Norwegian Mountains

Norwegian photographer Morten Berg created this lovely film featuring peaceful images of the country's landscape. With chill background music underscoring the bright colors, it serves as a mini travel guide and stress reducer all in one. Berg lives in Oslo, far from the locations featured in the film, so he had to make 11 trips over the…
By: Claire Hannum / March 9, 2015

Travel Porn: Oahu’s Famous Haʻikū Stairs Are Dying A Slow Death

The hiking trail known as the Stairway to Heaven on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, also called the Haʻikū Stairs, is just that: a stairway to heaven on earth. I resent the word "breathtaking" (it's so sorely abused), but the vision of this trail really does warrant that label. It looks like some tropical fever dream, the most…
By: Claire Hannum / March 5, 2015

I Want To Go To There: Lake Superior’s Otherworldy Ice Caves

Over the weekend, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore ice caves in northern Wisconsin opened to guests for the first time this year - an increasingly rare treat as climate change alters temperature patterns. Before last year, the ice caves hadn't been open since the winter of 2009! The 12-mile stretch of caves, made of sandstone…
By: Claire Hannum / March 2, 2015

Wanderlust: I May Be Smitten, But I Will Not Be Your Educator

I've written before about "distancing myself From white people" to avoid being constantly subjected to racial and cultural insensitivity. After years of dealing with well-meaning, but often ill-informed or inexperienced Whites, the emotional turmoil had taken its toll and I simply wanted to avoid feelings of discomfort, disappointment and even anger. I concluded…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / March 2, 2015

I Want To Go To There: This Cave Is So Big It Has Its Own Climate

Nestled beneath Vietnam's Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is the Sơn Đoòng Cave, the largest in the world. Sơn Đoòng was discovered in just 1990 and has developed its own climate, complete with rain clouds. When area farmer Ho Khanh first came across the cave all those years ago, it was like a scene from…
By: Claire Hannum / February 25, 2015

Travel Porn: 10 Winter Wonderlands Around The World

Got the winter blues? Pay a visit to one of these real-life snowglobes -- or just use them as a little wanderlust daydreaming fodder. In reality you may be scraping off your car at 6 a.m. as the bitter wind threatens to blow your hat into the street; but in your mind's eye, you're cupping a hot beverage as you…
By: Claire Hannum / February 25, 2015

Wanderlust: Finding Community While Traveling Alone

I was casually strolling down a sunny Hawaiian street in the small town of Captain Cook alongside a new girlfriend I hadmade a few weeks earlier, when a man pulled his truck over just behind us and tried to get our attention. My immediate response was to ignore him and continue walking, immersed in our…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / February 23, 2015

Wanderlust: A Pit Stop At The ER & Why You Should Travel With Health Insurance

The only thing I didn't consider when planning this solo traveling adventure is that I might end up in hospital. Sadly, I did. I woke up in a pool of my own blood a few nights ago and was faced with a difficult choice: Do I go to the ER (which would be ridiculously expensive…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / February 9, 2015

Wanderlust: 8 Types Of Guys To Avoid On An Island Vacation

Solo traveling can be a great opportunity to meet cool adventurers, especially for single ladies looking to spice up their love lives or have a little fun with dudes with foreign accents. Yes, travel dating can certainly have perks! Exotic locations make for perfect date options, the island breeze brings a nice calm and there…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / February 2, 2015

Wanderlust: I’m Not Afraid To Travel Alone

I am traveling alone through the islands of Hawaii and I am a young woman. I am not worrying about getting raped every moment of my journey, unlike writer Tara Burton, who wrote about her fears in an article for Salon called "Dangers of Traveling While Female." I don't feel as if my…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / January 23, 2015

Dream Or Nightmare: Suspended Balcony Pools

The Bandra Ohm residential building in Mumbai, India, which will begin construction next year, will include a private balcony pool for each its 100 condos. Each 70-square-foot pool will be made of aquarium-grade acrylic and feature a view of the ocean and nearby marina, but it's also mildly terrifying. Sure, it's a trade-up from the…
By: Claire Hannum / January 12, 2015

The Grand Canyon Became A Winter Wonderland This New Year’s

On the morning of New Year's Day, the Grand Canyon received a perfect dusting of crisp snow, transforming the already-gorgeous park into a wintry paradise. National Park Service staff members captured stunning photos of the snowstorm's aftermath including panorama shots, which you can see more of here. What a magical start to the…
By: Claire Hannum / January 5, 2015

Here’s The Happiest Country In The World

Gallup's annual worldwide End Of Year survey interviewed over 64,000 people from 65 countries and asked them, among other things, whether they were happy with their lives. Despite how terribly world events played out in 2014, the world was 10 percent…
By: Claire Hannum / January 2, 2015

Your Last-Minute Being-Around-Kids Preparation Checklist

I’m gonna tell you some cute stories about my nephews! I got to Texas yesterday morning to visit my family for Christmas. I’ve got three nephews who are better than anyone else’s kids, ever, in every single way, especially in cuteness. The first thing my middle, four-year-old nephew did when I got in the car…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 24, 2014

7 Things That Will Happen When You’re Home For The Holidays

You get off the airplane and into the backseat of your dad's car and say to yourself, "Why the heck did I ever leave this place?" Everything is exactly how you remember it. Your childhood room is still stuffed with decorations from sophomore year of high school. A ratty desktop computer with dial up Internet, a…
By: Huffington Post Women / December 22, 2014
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