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Top 10 Travel Experiences of 2016

Wadi Rum sunset in Jordan

I’m sure nobody wants to hear this, but 2016 wasn’t all bad for me. At times it would be easy to sink into the growing collective despair. Then again, I find it perfectly healthy to reflect and take stock of the good things that happened over the past year. Truth be told, 2016 was not a bad year in terms of the things I care most about, those being travel and hearing and telling stories. Over the course of these 12 months, I covered distances as far as Alaska to Jordan. I learned about indigenous tourism and finally set foot in a corner of the globe that continues to be thoroughly misunderstood by people from my North American background. I personally feel better educated to share the stories I’ve heard to continually do my part, as little as it may be, to make people less terrified of one another.

Below are 10 of my top travel experiences of 2016 complete with a snippet from the article referencing said experience. Yes, it’s a bit like when a TV sitcom assembles a clip show as a cop-out for an episode, but I hope it’s clear that my intentions are noble.

I also hope it’s clear that I’m not sharing these to brag or incite envy. Rather, I’m sharing them in hopes you might feel compelled to either follow in my footsteps to some of these destinations or to simply recount the positive aspects of your year. Continue reading

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20 Photos Showing off Both the Familiar and Different in London

st-pauls-cathedral-london

Last March I did a week in England to get a taste of some Premier League football (or “soccer” for my fellow Yanks). You can read all about that here, which includes some words on the Leicester City match I attended shortly before they pulled off one of the greatest surprises in sports history by winning the league.

Besides sport, I also had some time to see London. It was my first time and admittedly not high on my list. I know that seems like traveler blasphemy, but it’s true. I’m still not entirely sure why that was. Maybe it’s because we speak the same language, so it didn’t really seem all that foreign? Or perhaps it failed to grab me, since so many people fawn over London like it’s a religious experience. Continue reading

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Why You Need to Embrace Your Gluttonous Side with Eating London

Enrique Tomas Jamón Iberico Restaurant Soho London

Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. We all know the phrase, but few places in the world actually embody it like London’s legendary Soho neighborhood, the musical birthplace of the likes of The Rolling Stones, the Who, and David “Ziggy Stardust” Bowie. Maybe you’ve heard of them.

Today Soho is the story of gentrification. It’s better known for its fashion scene and upscale restaurants than the sex industry venues of Paul Raymond, The King of Soho, who became the neighborhood’s patriarch throughout the swinging (note the emphasis) 60s. (Though I was told one can still oblige in such services, if so inclined.) Continue reading

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Why You Need To See England’s Premier League In-Person

Leicester City Pitch

England’s Premier League is arguably the world’s most popular sports league. Yet soccer has only recently become cool in the United States. It was very much considered a sport for those of a weaker spirit when I was growing up, and it’s not like my formidable years were all that long ago. Continue reading

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TRAVELING FOR ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALL AND WHEREFOR

Traveling for English football is being tapped for its tourism potential. That’s why I recently traveled to the United Kingdom with Visit Britain to attend a Premier League match between top-ranked Leicester City and Newcastle United. Plus, car-free travel around London and Newcastle. Then, Laura tells me about how you can travel on a custom budget with Wherefor. Finally, we turn to some current events around the globe and how they may impact your decision to travel.

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