6 of the Best Day Trips from Chicago – CuddlyNest

Can’t choose from the best day trips from Chicago? We can help. Although there are plenty of fun things to do in Chicago, Illinois, from splashing around in Crown Fountain in Millennium Park to gazing at the stars in the Doane Observatory at Adler Planetarium, you may want to go for a quick day trip outside the city once in a while. However, before you embark on a train or catch a flight at Chicago O’Hare or Midway airports, make sure you have seen it all in Chicago City!

What to See in Chicago?

Quick Day Trip from Chicago to the Suburbs

There are as many people in Chicago as there are in some of Europe’s smaller countries. So in order to create some space from the hustle and bustle, explore Chicago’s suburbs. There is plenty to do in the outskirts of the city. You can start by taking the bus or metro to undiscovered neighborhoods right outside of Chicago!

Arts in Skokie and Highland Park

Feeling artsy? Just hop on the subway to Evanston or take the line 147 bus to arrive in Skokie. There is plenty to do and see, but make sure you include the Skokie North Shore Center for Performing Arts in your route. It is a massive two-theater complex that features incredible plays and shows. If you are looking to get involved in the action, you can also take classes in circus, dance, theater, art and music.

However, if Skokie is not on your way, Highland Park is packed with music lovers. One of the best times to visit is during the Ravinia Music Festival in summer. Art Center Highland Park is open to visitors year-round, so you won’t miss out no matter what time of year you visit. 

Climbing in West Loop

Are spots your thing? If climbing, yoga, or and even weights is your calling, then Brooklyn Boulders, a massive facility for sports is currently open to everyone. In keeping with the current pandemic restrictions, reservations are encouraged to keep everybody safe and healthy.  You can climb the wall whenever you want! However, you can also just walk to Union Park, or take a swim, or play tennis in their courts.

Culture Shock in Chinatown

Looking to explore new cultures? The Chinatown neighborhood in Chicago around Cermak and Wentworth Avenues is an ethnic Chinese neighborhood housing around 93,000 people of Chinese descent. Chicago is the second oldest Chinese settlement in America, with its creation in 1912. However, settlers first began arriving in the late 19th century. Today, you can dine in one of the many Chinese restaurants, shop on Wentworth Avenue, or go sightseeing in Chinatown Square which is decorated with animal sculptures to represent the Chinese Zodiac signs.

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What’s a Good Day Trip from Chicago?

The best day trips from Chicago by car are to Cedarburg, Milauwkee, Rockford, Oglesby, and Madison. But you can also hop on the bus or take the train to be a responsible traveler and reduce your ecological footprint to arrive at these destinations. The best family day trips from Chicago with pets and family are to Oglesby, where you can hike with your dog, however your furry friend must remain on leash.

Where can I go by Train from Chicago?

Chicago is well connected by trains, thanks to its old-world history. You can go to Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Ann Arbor, Detroit, or Kansas City, and take your pets with you on Amtrak trains.

The 7 Best Day Trips from Chicago

The Best Day Trips from Chicago to Cedarburg

The best Day Trip from Chicago to Cedarburg by train

Getting from Chicago to Cedarburg takes around 3 hours by bus and will cost you anywhere from $27 to $58 one-way. To fully experience Cedarburg with its theaters, museums and more, visit St. Joan of Arc Chapel, Pabst Mansion, and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. To add to these historical and religious sites, go to Covered Bridge, which is one of the few remaining covered bridges in Wisconsin state that once had around 40 covered bridges, and dates all the way back to 1876. To have some fun with kids, and fully experience its history, explore the Ozaukee Interurban Trail from Milwaukee to Random Lake.

Day Trip from Chicago to Rockford

Day Trip to Rockford for Families 

If you are looking for day trip ideas for families, then Rockford is a good choice. Located just 100 miles away, this neighborhood is home to the Discovery Center Museum. This center offers more than 300 exhibits ranging from electricity to flights to art. Next, if you seek some family fun, then Volcano Falls features go-karts, laser tag and even miniature golf to fulfill every kid’s dream. After kart racing and maybe even NASCAR-sanctioned trucks in Rockford Speedway (the only one in Illinois!), you can eat some Italian pizza at Lino’s or Francesco’s Restaurant.

To get your nature fix and some physical activity, go to Answerson Japanese gardens which is a must in the cherry-blossom season in April. The garden is filled with beautiful flowers, towering trees, and two picturesque koi ponds accessible by lovely pathways. The place can definitely offer you the serene ending of your trip.

Hiking Day Trip to Oglesby from Chicago with Pets

Although the town of Oglesby is rather sleepy, it is home to several hiking and biking trails, and is located between Starved Rock State Park and Matthiessen State Parks. You can hike, kayak, or ride ponies, as well as travel down the rivers on rafts here.

Starved Rock State Park has been home to humans since 8000 B.C., when Hopewellian, Woodland and Mississippian Native American cultures arrived and lived here. From the 1500s to 1700s, Illinois (Native American tribe) lived here until the French arrived and claimed the land in the first half of the 17th century. The park derives its name from the American legend, according to which the allied Potawatomi and Ottawa tribes surrounded and held the ground until hapless Illinois died of starvation, hence, the name of Starved Rock  State Park was given to this national park.

While the visitor center is currently closed, you can go to Bald Eagle viewing, hiking (even with dogs when leashed) and choose trails that range from 1 mile, to 3, or 10-mile combination hikes, according to your preferred activity level. You can also go fishing or boating, and hunting in summer, or climbing and cross-country skiing with rentals operating at Matthiessen Dells Area on weekends in December through March. The opportunities for active time outdoors are endless here!

Starved Rock State park is within the bounds of Illinois reachable in 2 hours by driving, or by train and bus (also daily night bus) through Ottawa. The reserve features 18 canyons, some of which are closed during the current Coronavirus pandemic, and you must wear the mask. However, the park is currently open, and offers picnic possibilities with playgrounds for children, as well as other attractions. 

Day Trip from Chicago to Milwaukee

Milwaukee is only an hour-and-half train ride away (operating every 2 hours on weekdays), but you can also hop on the bus and arrive in Milwaukee in 2 hours. The city is the ultimate destination for those who enjoy great shops, cafes and restaurant culture. After strolling along Milwaukee RiverWalk, stop in one of many great restaurants – we recommend going to have some pancakes and mimosas at SweetDiner, or seek refuge in Milwaukee Public Market to have a seafood snack at St. paul Fish Company. 


If you like arts and culture, Milwaukee RiverWalk also hosts numerous pieces in their outdoor gallery, but for those seeking to learn about the history of the city, explanatory colorful signs are placed along the RiverWalk.


If you take kids with you, definitely visit Milwaukee County Zoo and Discovery World, and go for sweet treats, like hand-dipped chocolate, to Kehr’s Candies. Want a sweet treat for yourself as well? The Thief Wine Shop and Bar will introduce you to old-world wine traditions. You can also taste the best cheese curds in the Lakefront Brewery.

Romantic Day Trip from Chicago to Madison

Located between two lakes, Madison is full of beautiful sights, in addition to cheese and beer. The college town offers great prices for those willing to save on their foodie experiences and see it all. While at the same time not compromising on beautiful places to take your weekly Instagram post. You can rent a bicycle in B-cycle stations offering 30-minute rides, or Budget Bicycle Center from $10 for the whole day. 

When strolling around the city, make sure to include a visit to the smallest lake, the Lake Monona, to indulge in the romantic and picturesque landscape panorama. Afterwards, bring your loved one to Malt House brewery, nicknamed as a craft beer oasis and dating back to the Civil War era. You can also try the best Wisconsin cheese at Capitol Square, and shop for cheese curds in Vern’s Cheese Inc. in Chilton. Fresh and beer-battered in buttermilk/lager mix, these curds will be a true foodie delicacy. 

To go to Madison, the best and sustainable travel options are bus rides, which will take you around 3 hours, or train and bus combination (with change in Milwaukee for bus – again, you can bring your fido on Amtrak trains). You can get to Madison starting from $10. 

Tasty Foodie Day Trip to Fennville, Michigan

If cheese and beer are for those visiting Madison, then Fennville is definitely for those who value sparkly wine and cider. The best things to do in Fennville include visiting Fenn Valley vineyards with wine tasting, and Virtue Cider, Blue Star Farms to taste Michigan-grown apple farmhouse cider and indulge in hand picked blueberries. The Black Star Farms features wine tasting rooms and a distillery, so you should book the visit beforehand.

To get to Fennville, it takes 2 hours driving, or 3 to 4 hours by bus or train. Depending on transportation mode, and will cost you $62 – $82 one-way. 

Weekend Trip from Chicago to Niagara Falls

If nature is your calling, then Niagara Falls is the way to go! Although it is rather a 3 day or weekend trip from Chicago, everyone must visit Niagara Falls at least once in their lifetime. You can get to Niagara Falls by train via Buffalo, or by bus via Hamilton, or renting a car and driving for 9 hours. On the go, stop in Kalamazoo and Flint, as well as drive through London to arrive at Niagara Falls at night. You can also split the road trip in two days.

Arrive at Niagara Falls, sport a poncho and hop on a boat tour to get closer to the misty water! Boats shuttle visitors to the base of the falls and have since the 1840s. You can also save time to visit the 17th century Old Fort Niagara on the U.S. side of the falls. The forts have stood the time, and have changed hands between the French, British and American troops.

Weekend Trip to Mammoth Cave National Park with Pet

There are several options for you to bring your pet on your outdoor adventure. You can take Mercury’s Canine Cruise from $37 for adults, and $8 for dogs. Dogs can sit on your lap while you are learning about Chiago’s history. You can also take your small fido on Amtrak trains from Chicago to anywhere for $26 on trips up to seven hours, such as Cedarburg. 

If you want to get sportier and give some happy hours to your dog, then Mammoth Cave National Park allows small (up to 6 feet) leashed pets on all surface trails in the park. Mammoth Cave National Park is also providing a day-boarding for your pet (dog and cat friendly) while you are on the cave tour. However, remember to take your proof of vaccination – it is needed upon entering the kennel. 

But what’s in there for you and your kids? As it is a 7-hour drive from Chicago, you may want to split your trip into a full weekend getaway. After all, visiting the longest cave system in the world takes time. It houses the history of human development and has a rich diversity of plant and animal life, being listed under UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve lists. However, make sure you plan your visit ahead of time, as during the Covid-19 pandemic, Green River Ferry is closed, river access and ticket availability is limited to ensure the cave’s capacity is not overrun. 

That’s it for day trips. Here are some more questions we get asked a lot:

Can I do a day trip from Chicago to Detroit?

To go from Chicago to Detroit, you can take a 5-hour train from $35 one-way and take your small dog with you. To go back and forth, it will take 10 hours, so we encourage you to book a place to stay in Detroit and make it a 2-day or weekend trip instead.

Where to go for a one-day trip from Chicago center?

Good day trips from Chicago center are to Madison, Fennville, or Milwaukee. Chicago center has a direct trainline (we encourage the most sustainable way of transportation) to Holland and Fennville, as well as Milwaukee, and after changing in Milwaukee to bus, you can go to Madison. 

What city is 3 hours away from Chicago?

Holland, Kalamazoo, South Bend, Lafayette, Janesville, Milwaukee and Springfield are good options for a one day trip from Chicago, as they are under 3 hours by train, bus or car ride.

Now that you have discovered the top day trips from Chicago, it’s time to plan your stay. Find the best hotels and vacation rentals on CuddlyNest to stay at while you explore Illinois’ most adventurous sights.

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The Best Cabin Rentals in the United States

Spend your next getaway in the great outdoors by booking one of the best cabin rentals in the United States. With millions of vacation rentals, apartments, hotel rooms, and hostels to choose from, this summer one accommodation has stood out above the rest. Cabins. With their sturdy structure, spacious floor plans, and close access to nature, it’s no wonder why cabins are being picked time and time again as the number one type of vacation rental to book for an outdoor escape.

Whether you are looking to rough it with a more rustic vibe or have your eye on something high-end and luxurious, it’s no wonder everyone wants to rent cabins this year. With rentals that will fit your entire extended family, friends, and best pals, these destinations offer some of the best cabin escapes in the United States. Let’s start with the West Coast.

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West Coast Cabin Rentals

Whether you and your partner are looking to road trip from rainy Seattle to sunny Los Angeles, the entire West Coast boasts cabin rentals that will make the perfect homes away from home for you and your best pals. Check out some of the best rentals in Washington, Oregon, and California for your cabin vacation.

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Washington

From cabins with private hot tubs and fireplaces to cabins that allow your furry friend to tag along, Washington boasts some of the best cabin rentals in the USA. Pacific Northwest state has incredible access to some of the best hiking trails, ski lodges, and national parks. Visitors can spend their days exploring, trekking, and hitting the slopes, while spending the evening with a glass of wine or a cup of hot cocoa, enjoying the bliss of nature all around. Find your perfect Washington cabin rental to spend a getaway in the heart of the PNW.

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Oregon

Change up your cabin in the woods for a beachfront cabin in Oregon. Up and down the stunning coastline, travelers can now book hundreds of beachside homes that offer the cozy comfort of a cabin. Spend your morning enjoying a fresh cup of coffee while enjoying the fresh sea breeze right from the balcony or deck of your cabin getaway. Guests can even take day trips to Oregon’s national parks allowing all visitors to experience both the woodsy wilderness and ocean landscapes. Escape to a dreamy coastal Oregon cabin for your fall trip. We’ll take one with a hot tub and a view!

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California

Whether you get your thrills from exploring mountains and hiking trails or spend all day every day at the beach waiting for the perfect wave, there is no better place to stay than at one of the cabin vacation rentals in California. From spacious rentals for you and the whole gang to charming cabins that offer the most romantic oasis for you and your partner, you cannot go wrong by choosing California as your next road trip, long-distance, or even staycation destination.

Be sure to explore the great outdoors, as California is also home to some of the oldest national parks in the country. Visitors will love visiting outdoor locations including Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and more. Book one of the best California cabins for your outdoor vacation.


The Mountain States

From Rocky Mountain National Park to Glacier Peak to Yellowstone, the mountain states boast unforgettable excursions. Especially when you stay at one of the best cabin rentals in the region. Whether you are packing up the whole family for a winter getaway filled with activities and visit your favorite national park, or are looking for a quiet place to catch up on your rest and relaxation, the mountain states will offer the perfect cabin homes away from home. See for yourself!

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Montana

The fourth-largest state in the U.S. also happens to be home to some of the best cabin vacation rentals in the country. With their long and thick wood exteriors to keep visitors comfortable all year long to the open spaces to wander and explore, a visit to a cabin in Montana is just what everyone needs. Guests will love roaming over 28 million acres of public land to go hiking, biking, trekking, horseback riding, and more. Book your Montana getaway for a trip you will never want to end.

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Colorado

The mile-high state does not disappoint when it comes to outdoor cabin accommodations. With some of the most remarkable natural escapes including the world’s largest natural hot springs, world’s deepest hot springs, 58 14,000 feet tall peaks, there’s an adventure just around every corner in this state. As well as the world-famous Four Corners, allowing travelers to stand where New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona meet. These Colorado cabins include hot tubs, epic views, king-sized beds, full entertainment systems, and of course excursions. Find your perfect Colorado cabin for your getaway.


The South

Explore the roots of America by taking an adventure to the South. From Florida to Tennessee, the southern states offer some of the most beautiful national parks, epic landscapes, and unbeatable views from every cabin rental. Check out the top states for a cabin stay in the South.

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Tennessee

Wake up with a view of the Great Smoky Mountains running for miles and miles. There is nowhere with quite as many stunning views as the cabins in Tennessee. From the geological wonders to the fairy-tale parks, get the good kind of lost in the heart of nature. With cities like Nashville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg nearby, travelers will love taking everything from Tennessee staycations to weekend stays at these cabins. With top amenities included at each, you can enjoy a dip in the hot tub or cozy up by the fireplace. You can even take your adventure to the next level by taking road trips through the South to visit the best cabins throughout the region.

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Texas

Take your adventure to Texas this year. With popular cities including Houston, Austin, and Dallas, there are just as many popular outdoor locations including Texas Hill Country, Galveston, and San Antonio. Each with their own unique cabins and vacation rental properties. Whether you are looking for a river retreat to go kayaking and swimming or a ranch where you can go horseback riding and tour the plains, there is something for everyone. Your Texas cabin retreat awaits you.

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North Carolina

Tennessee’s southern sister offers an experience unlike any other. With Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Appalachian Mountains off in the distance, North Carolina’s cabins will take you to let you get back to nature to enjoy the simple things in life. The many high-end amenities will give you the comfort you desire with the benefits of the great outdoors to make your stay that much better. Book your cabin in North Carolina today.


The East Coast

Escape the big city for something off the beaten path. From the Mid-Atlantic to New England, the east coast offers travelers a chance to reconnect with nature from the comfort of a one-of-a-kind cabin rental. With cabins everywhere from Woodstock to Boston to Acadia National Park, the right one for you, awaits. Your next great trip can turn into the best one yet.

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Virginia

Take a drive from D.C. to find a secluded cabin stay in the woods of Virginia. Surrounded by forests galore, Virginia is the perfect place to sit back and relax while enjoying the fruits of nature. The “Big Valley” otherwise known as the Shenandoah Valley stretches across 200 miles and has 60 peaks. With cabins tucked into every nook, there are bounds of adventures to be had. Virginian cabins cannot be beaten.

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New Hampshire

Snuggled into the northernmost part of the U.S. are some of the East Coast’s best cabin rentals. Colorful cabins in remote locations and friendly neighborhoods will allow you to sit back and enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Your White Mountain National Forest boasts wilderness fun, especially during the winter when the snow allows for epic winter sports. You can find it all on your next trip to one of New Hampshire’s cabin rentals.

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Pennsylvania

Take a break from the woods to visit a beach cabin in Pennsylvania. While not technically a beach on the coast, the Great Lakes offer some of the best beach oases in the Northeast. With large cabins for the whole family and all your friends to romantic escapes, there is something for everyone to fall in love with. Discover Pennsylvania’s beach cabins this year.


Now that you have checked out some of the best places to visit for your next getaway, it’s time to book one of the best cabin rentals in the USA. Find your beachside, mountain, and desert cabins on CuddlyNest.

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6 Affordable Romantic Getaways in California

California offers some of the most romantic getaways, as well as affordable accommodations to stay at. Between the sandy beaches, gorgeous views of all types of landscapes, and relaxing ambiance, it’s no wonder why California is one of the most popular places to visit.

While the golden state often garners the reputation for its overpriced cities, we recommend going off the beaten path to experience its hidden gems. There is so much to discover beyond the big cities. If wine-tasting, dolphin and whale watching, and hiking in national parks are on your bucket list, then California is the place for you. Find your romantic getaway and the most affordable home or hotel to keep you comfortable your whole trip.

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Explore Northern California

Take a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, experience the rolling hills of Napa Valley, and watch the stars from Yosemite. Northern California simply offers some of the most unique and one-of-a-kind experiences for couples to enjoy? If you and your partner are looking for romantic getaways to take during your road trip or honeymoon, then NorCal is the place to go. Here are three of the must-visit Northern California locations and the affordable accommodations that will offer you endless romance.

Napa Valley

When it comes to romantic California getaways, Napa Valley wins every time. Couples will love spending the day at any of the 400 wineries in the valley and indulging in the spectacular views. Spend the weekend at one of the incredible vineyard hotels to enjoy spa services and seclusion. The city is just a short 50-mile drive (80 kilometers) out of San Francisco. While Napa’s peak season is typically August to October, there really is no bad time to explore this area. If you and your partner are up for a little adventure, you can even bike around the vineyards through the calm streets connecting them together. All couples will simply fall in love with each other, the valley, and the amazing places to stay.

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Yosemite

Couples looking to take their love to new heights will be enchanted by Yosemite National Park. Most famous for its giant Sequoia trees and natural landmarks including Half Dome, adventurous duos can explore the park by day, and relax at a nearby vacation rental at night. Hikers and visitors can wander through 110 trails in the park. From days by the lake and nights star-gazing from the Jacuzzi, if an outdoor getaway is what you are in need of, this is the best place to visit. You may even be lucky enough to see some California wildlife along your adventure.

Marin County

Cross the Golden Gate Bridge to visit San Francisco’s neighbor Marin County. Boasting beautiful views of the city and charming neighborhoods to explore, Marin offers the perfect romantic escape out of the big city. Spend the day biking around the harbors in Sausalito and indulge in shopping at Mill Valley’s boutiques. If you’re really looking to surprise your partner during your trip, plan a picnic at the top of Mount Tamalpais. Enjoy the unobstructed views as you both watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. There is something so special about this destination, that you’ll have to visit for yourself.

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Discover Southern California

The best part about California is you can experience it all. You can spend a day in the mountains and arrive at the beach in the afternoon. It truly offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for couples you cannot get anywhere else. While Northern California is known for its coastal and mountainous regions, SoCal boasts chaparral, deserts, and beaches. As you make your way down the coast, Southern California has some of the most incredible destinations for couples to visit. Indulge in a beach outing, island escape, and desert exploration. Let’s discover California’s most romantic getaways for couples to enjoy.

Catalina Island

Right off the coast of Orange County and southern LA, is the enchanting Catalina Island. Just a short ferry boat away, couples will love exploring Catalina’s port town. You and your partner can enjoy a day of hiking to the top of the cliffs while enjoying a view of the coast. You also cannot be snorkeling in the bay to search for California’s state fish, the garibaldi. If a romantic getaway in California is what you are in search of, then there is no better place than Catalina. You can even combine a trip to Catalina Island for the day with a stay in Laguna Beach. It’s the best of both worlds.

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San Luis Obispo

Located almost equally between Los Angeles and San Francisco, SLO for short is one of the most charming counties in California. With its Spanish design and architecture, San Luis Obispo will give you the feeling that you’re in a completely different country, even though you are right in the heart of California. You can be at the beach, in the wine country, or in the mountains within 10 minutes. Embrace the small-town charm with incredible restaurants, boutiques, and of course, romantic getaways. This town is ideal if you are looking to embrace quality time with your significant other in a serene location.

La Jolla

Just 15 miles north of San Diego is the oceanfront community, La Jolla. Known for its upscale vibe and beach town ambiance, La Jolla is the perfect escape for couples looking for a relaxing coastal getaway. Indulge in the gourmet restaurants and take a walk through the Old Town. Couples will love taking a drive down to Cove Beach to walk through the crystal blue waters at sunset. It really is a one-of-a-kind spot for a romantic weekend with your partner. You can even add adventure to your trip by taking a surf or paddleboard lesson. Check out the amazing hotels and vacation rentals in the area.


Fall in love with endless romantic getaways in California. Incredible hotels and vacation rentals await couples looking for a one-of-a-kind getaway with their special someone. Already planning your trip? Check out CuddlyNest for accommodations in the area you wish to visit. We can’t wait to explore California with you, soon.

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11 Sacred Attractions Around the World

Some of the most popular places to visit around the globe are sacred attractions.  Found in both popular cities as well as off the beaten path locations, these holy sites attract millions of visitors a year. Valued for being places of worship, and for their beauty and uniqueness, one can’t help but admire these structures. Some of these sites were even considered when choosing the new wonders of the world. We are here to share 11 of those sites with you and some things you may not know about each. Get your maps and travel wish lists ready.


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Wat Rong Khun, Thailand

The White Temple, Wat Rong Khun is located in the Chiang Rai region in Thailand. At the end of the 20th century, the temple in this location was in complete ruins. Thai artist,  Chalermchai Kositpipat, decided to completely recreate and rebuild the temple. He funded the project completely on his own and began working on it in 1997. While it is not completed and may not be for another 50 years, it is open to the public to visit and explore. When it is completed it will have a total of nine buildings. It is filled with Buddhist relics that tell ancient stories of the religion. It has become very a important part of Buddhist present-day culture. The temple also serves as a monastery for monks.


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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, The United Arab Emirates

The largest Islamic mosque in the UAE is the Sheikh Zayed Grand. This stunning mosque, located in Abu Dhabi, is world-renowned for its ornate decoration and design. It was commissioned by the late president of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and built from 1996 to 2007. He wanted a place where the Islamic culture could blend with the art and history of the modern world. The beautiful mosque can fit up to 40,000 people at one time. During Ramadan, the mosque welcomes millions of visitors. It is declared by many as one of the most important sacred attractions in the world.


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La Sagrada Familia, Spain

One of the most revered places in Spain is La Sagrada Familia located in Barcelona. Construction on the Roman Catholic Basilica began in 1882, and to this day it is still not completely finished. In 1883, Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi took over as chief of the project and combined a mix of Gothic and Art Noveau forms. When he died in 1926 the building was no more than 25% complete. It is the most visited tourist site in Barcelona, and one of the most visited sacred attractions in Spain, with over 3 million visitors a year. It remains one of the most cherished works of art and architecture in the world.


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Temple Mount, Israel

Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, Temple Mount is an integral structure and part of multiple world religions. It is a holy site for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and is one of the most visited sacred attractions in the city along with the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock. It is the holiest place in the world for the Jewish people, creating a lot of contention with the other faiths. Historically, the Jewish people are forbidden entry into Temple Mount due to Jewish law stating their people cannot enter Jewish holy grounds. Instead, to worship, they visit the Western Wall located at the bottom of the hill. Pro tip: spend a little extra time reading the updated policies before visiting. Those can be found, here.


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St. Basil’s Cathedral, Russia

St. Basil’s Cathedral is one of Moscow’s most famous structures and pieces of artwork. Not only is it important to the people of Moscow, but to all of Russia. The cathedral is located in the center of Red Square and is viewed as a symbol of Russia’s past, present, and future. Ivan the Terrible ordered its building in 1555. He wanted to celebrate defeating the last of the Mongol empire in Europe. After it was built, he was determined that the architect never build a cathedral as magnificent as this. While it is still a religious symbol for the Russian Orthodox Church, the cathedral now belongs to federal Russia and serves as both a Christian Church and a museum.


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Paro Taktsang, Bhutan

The astounding Paro Taktsang Monastery clings to a cliff above Paro Valley, Bhutan. It is a cultural phenomenon and a very big part of the Buddhist Himalayan culture. While it appears impossible to access, visitors can arrive at the monastery by trekking paths along the mountain. This has created some difficulty in maintaining its structure over the years. It is also commonly named “Tigress lair” or “Tiger’s Nest” from the legend of Padmasambhava flying to the site on the back of a tiger. The temple offers one of the most beautiful views and one of the most unique experiences when visiting the Himalayas.


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The Blue Mosque, Turkey

Located in Istanbul, Turkey, the Blue Mosque is an Islamic place of worship. It is originally named The Sultan Ahmet Mosque after the sultan who commissioned its construction in 1609. Although the mosque is not blue on the outside, its interior is adorned with 20,000 handmade Iznik ceramic tiles that create a blue color. Hence giving it its nickname. It was built to rival the Hagia Sophia which sits opposite the mosque no more than a four-minute walk away. Due to its similar design and structure, many tourists question if they are the same building. The builders made six minarets to match the most important mosque in Mecca.


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Madonna Della Corona, Italy

Santuario Madonna Della Corona is one of the most stunning religious sanctuaries in Italy. It is tucked into the cliffs of Mount Baldo in the province of Verano. Visitors come to la Madonna for silence, worship, and meditation. The sanctuary also symbolizes a place between heaven and earth. The church was built in 1530 and appears as if it is almost hanging off the cliff rather than sitting in a cave. The structure was heavily renovated in the 1970s proceeding a visit by Pope John Paul II. The actual chapel can only be reached by foot, representing the path Jesus took during the Passion of the Christ.


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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. This Buddhist temple was originally constructed for the Hindu religion, during the first half of the 12th century. It is built across 400 acres and took over 40 years to construct. It served as the capital city for the Khmer empire until the second half of the 12th century when it was converted into a Buddhist temple. Its name directly translates to “city of temples.” It still remains an active place of worship for Buddhists, today. In 2019 it was recorded that over 2.6 million people visited the temple complex in 2018.


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Notre-Dame, France

The Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of the world’s best examples of medieval gothic architecture. Notre-Dame translates to “Our Lady” and was dedicated to the Virgin Mary by the Parisians. Located on the Île de la Cité in Paris, construction on the Notre-Dame began in 1163 and was completed in 1345. It is also believed that the cathedral was built on top of ruins from the ancient pagan city, Lutetia. Tragically, the Notre-Dame caught on fire in April 2019 which destroyed one of the spires. Before the fire, the cathedral welcomed more than 35,000 visitors a day. Although the renovation is currently on hold due to the pandemic, France has ensured that the restoration of the cathedral is a priority and will begin as soon as possible.


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The Golden Temple Amritsar, India

The Golden Temple in Punjab, India is formally known as Sri Harmandir Sahib Amritsar. It serves as both a place of worship for the Sikh religion, as well as a symbol of community and equality for all of India. It is also considered to be the national Sikh temple of India and a Gurdwara which means “door to the guru.” Construction on this remarkable structure began in 1581 and was not completed until 8 years later in 1589. In 2017, the World Book of Records declared and verified that The Golden Temple was one of the most visited places in the world.


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Mexican Food vs. Tex-Mex

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Have you ever wondered what the difference between Tex-Mex vs Mexican food is? If so, this blog post is for you! We recently watched Taco Chronicles on Netflix, which made us think, “What is the difference between Tex-Mex vs Mexican food? So if you’ve been pondering this question just like we have, read on as we delve deeper into this common query.

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The fifth of May is an important day for many Americans and Mexicans, as it celebrates Cinco de Mayo, or Mexican Independence day. Just like Mexican food and Tex-Mex, this holiday has its own misconceptions. We are going to debunk myths about the celebrations surrounding this holiday. As well as the difference between the two delicious cuisines.

Cinco de Mayo: Why is it celebrated?

Cinco de Mayo is a United States holiday that celebrates Mexico’s Independence Day. However, this is a very famous misconception, as Mexico’s Independence Day is actually September 16, 1810. In Mexico, this day marks the “Battle of Puebla.” This battle was fought on May 5, 1862, between Mexico and France. The Mexicans unexpectedly defeated the French, thus they were able to keep the independence they already had.

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Why Cinco de Mayo is really a celebration of Mexican Food:

Two years after Mexico won the Battle of Puebla, the U.S. began celebrating Mexican culture on May 5th. Since then, millions of Americans celebrate this tradition every year. From festive parades and dancing in the streets to large tables of nachos and enchiladas, this celebration is all about food and fiesta.

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Food and Drink Consumption in the U.S. on Cinco de Mayo:

  • According to the cocktail market, about 126 million liters of tequila were consumed on Cinco de Mayo in 2019. It is also the seventh-largest beer-drinking holiday.
  • The California Avocado Commission says that about 87 million avocados were consumed on Cinco de Mayo in 2017.
  • Fiesta Broadway is the largest celebration of Cinco de Mayo. It is held every year in Los Angeles, California.
  • Mole Poblano is the official holiday dish.
  • There are over 360 tortilla factories in the U.S. that contribute to the production of tortillas.

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Mexican Food vs. Tex-Mex: What’s the difference?

In order to truly celebrate Cinco de Mayo, you need to know the difference between Mexican food and Tex-Mex.

  • The term Tex-Mex is short for Tex-Mexican (Texas and Mexican), a combination of both American and Mexican cuisines.
  • The most notable difference between the two cuisines is the ingredients. In almost all Tex-Mex dishes, cumin is the main ingredient, however, most traditional Mexican dishes don’t include it at all. Traditional Mexican plates use ingredients such as chile peppers, oregano, cacao, cilantro, and more.
  • Tex-Mex taco shells are typically hard tortilla shells, while Mexican taco recipes call for soft corn tortillas.
  • If you find cheddar on your Mexican food, then it is a Tex-Mex dish. Mexicans always use white or yellow cheese.
  • Many typical Mexican dishes including enchiladas, tacos, and more belong to both Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisines. However, Tex-Mex prepares them with their own flavors and style.

Iconic Tex-Mex Dishes

Here we’ve listed a few iconic tex-mex dishes to give you some ideas about what to eat during your next Cinco de Mayo celebration!

  • Chili con Carne: Chili con Carne is a classic Tex-Mex dish made of chili, which is chilis, chicken broth, and your own (or others) secret ingredients, and Carne, either chicken, beef, or pork. If you haven’t tried traditional Chili con Carne before, then what are you waiting for?
  • Steak Fajitas: Fajitas are grilled meats usually served on a taco and doused with delicious spices and toppings. A definite must-have during your next traditional Tex-Mex celebration.
  • Queso: Queso has been described as one of the pillars of Tex-Mex cuisine, and is even sometimes referred to as the “national party dip of Texas”. Essentially gooey, melted yellow cheese with green chiles, you’ll be able to find this dish almost anywhere Tex-Mex food is served.

Iconic Mexican Dishes

Mexican cuisine is a diverse and massive array of cultures and ingredients, so it’s hard to list just a few dishes. However, we’ve listed a few traditional Mexican foods here just to give you an idea of what Mexican cuisine offers.

  • Tacos: Tacos are a hugely popular Mexican food all over the world, and for good reason. At its most basic, tacos are small tortillas filled with cheeses, sauce, and fillings such as meat, beans, or vegetables. Traditionally, a Mexican taco is very basic, and rarely contains more than just meat and some sauce and few toppings.
  • Enchiladas: Enchiladas were made for cheese lovers! A large tortilla stuffed with veggies, beans, and meat, then covered in cheese and baked, this mouthwatering dish is a Mexican classic and one you won’t want to miss.

 We hope you learned a thing or two, about Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy your feast, and don’t forget to let us know what you make at home.

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USA’s First National Park – And More – To Celebrate During National Park Week

In 1872, one of the most important national acts was created by United States President, Ulysses S. Grant — the establishment of the first US national park. Can you guess which one it was? If you guessed Yellowstone National Park – you’re correct! Today, travelers and outdoor enthusiasts can visit over 4,000 national parks across the globe. These national treasures are celebrated annually during the month of April to commemorate the history and culture surrounding our favorite outdoor locations.

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The National Park Service (NPS) recorded that in 2019 over 327 million people visited USA’s national parks. While numerous parks are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you can still celebrate national park week this year by learning more about each of the parks, their history, and what makes them so crucial to our environment. A great place to start? With the 10 oldest national parks in the U.S. Check them out below:

Oldest U.S. National Parks:

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1. Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming, Idaho, Montana – March 1, 1872

Located between three states, Yellowstone National Park was the first U.S. national park. Yellowstone welcomes about 4.2 million visitors a year. Some of the main attractions in the park are the geysers, including the one pictured here, “Old Faithful.” Besides Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park is also known for it’s amazing fauna such as bears, wolves, and deer.

Yellowstone will open and welcome visitors to several areas of the park on June 1, 2020.

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2. Sequoia National Park – California, September 25, 1890

Known for having the world’s largest living things, Sequoia National Park is the second oldest national park in the U.S. Filled with gigantic Sequoia trees, this park is the perfect place to explore nature. The trees can grow anywhere between 250 to 275 feet tall, thus making them some of the tallest trees on the planet.

Sequoia and Kings National Parks will open and welcome visitors to several areas of the park on June 4, 2020.

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3. Yosemite National Park – California, October 1st, 1890

While Yellowstone is the official first national park, the idea originally came from President Abraham Lincoln when he signed the Yosemite Land Grant in 1864. Located in the Sierra Mountains in California, Yosemite is home to one of the tallest waterfalls on Earth. It is also home to over 400 species including the rare red fox.

Yosemite will remain closed until further notice, by the NPS.

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4.  Mount Rainier National Park – Washington, March 2nd, 1899

From the colorful wildflowers that bloom each spring to the epic waterfalls that flow all summer long, Mount Rainer National Park is a Washington State treasure. The peak is the fifth tallest in the US and has over 130 trails to explore.

Mount Rainier will open and welcome visitors to several areas of the park on June 4, 2020.

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5. Crater Lake National Park – Oregon, May 22nd, 1902

Found in south-central Oregon, Crater Lake is the fifth oldest national park in the US. Most famous for its crystal blue waters, the park also features the deepest lake in the United States due to the collapse of a volcano almost 8,000 years ago.

Crater Lake will stay temporarily closed until further notice.

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6. Wind Cave National Park– South Dakota, January 9th, 1903

Wind Cave is known as one of the longest caves in the world with over 149 miles of passageways. It was also the first cave system in the US to be designated as a national park. The cave is also known for its box work and frostwork formations inside the passageways.

Wind Cave will begin opening several parts of the park in June 2020.

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7. Mesa Verde National Park – Colorado, June 29th, 1906

Located in southwest Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park is the largest archeological preserve with over 600 cliff dwellings. Its name which translates to “green table” is a reflection of the vast greenery that covers thousands of acres.

Mesa Verde opens its park to visitors on May 24, 2020. The welcoming will happen in phases over time.

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8. Glacier National Park – Montana, May 11th, 1910

Found in the northwest corner of Montana, Glacier National Park is the eighth oldest in the U.S. The entire park is over one million acres. In total, the park has 75 named mountains, 762 lakes, 25 named glaciers, and close to 750 miles of hiking trails alone.

Glacier will start welcoming visitors for recreational access on June 8, 2020. The park will open in phases.

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9. Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado, January 26th, 1915

The ninth oldest U.S. national park is Rocky Mountain. While the park was founded in 1915, the mountain range is actually over 76 million years old. The high peaks and rugged landscape make the perfect backdrop for the city of Denver, which is just a short drive away.

Rocky Mountain will begin opening several areas in the park on June 4, 2020. All visitors must obtain a permit to visit.

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10. Haleakala National Park – Hawaii, August 1st, 1916

Haleakala National Park is located on the Hawaiian Island, Maui. While the park itself is over 33,000 acres, the park’s main feature is its massive 7-mile wide volcanic crater.

Haleakala will open and begin welcoming visitors to several areas in the park on May 27, 2020.

While we encourage you to stay home this week and enjoy these national parks from afar you can still visit by taking virtual tours and experiences at home.

 

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20 Countries Where You Can See the Japanese Cherry Blossoms

Spring has finally sprung, which means the arrival of the famous pink and white Japenese cherry blossoms. Known as sakura, in Japan, these delicate flowers are one of the most famous sights to see in Japan. But did you know you could also see them in other parts of the world, too? You may have even seen them and not known what they were. Don’t worry, we’ll break it down for you here.japanese cherry blossoms

Here are some fun facts about this popular flower:

  • According to the BBC, about 8.5 million tourists visited Japan during the cherry blossom season, (March-May), last year. This alone brought in roughly 650 billion yen.
  • The custom of the cherry blossom season is believed to have been started somewhere between 710-749, in the Nara Period.
  • The cherry blossoms symbolize clouds because they bloom in small bunches bundled together. They are also a symbol of the nature of life.
  • Cherry blossoms are now found in more than 20 countries around the world, apart from Japan. 

Do you have cherry blossoms in your home country? Check the list below:

Austria:

If you want to visit the cherry blossoms in Vienna, you have to act fast. Due to the colder temperatures in this region, the cherry blossoms tend to make their arrival and departure rather quickly. Have no fear! You can still see them in between mid-March to mid-April throughout the city.

Australia:

After WWII, as a sign of peace and friendship, the Cowra Tourism Board offered to make a Japanese garden in its province. The garden was first built in 1979 and refurbished in 1989. The town of Cowra celebrates a cherry blossom festival every September.

Brazil:

São Paulo is home to one of the largest Japanese communities outside of Japan. After the Japanese began immigrating to Brazil, they brought many seedlings of the cherry blossoms with them. The trees can be found in the Botanical Garden of Curitiba. They are usually in full bloom in July.

Canada:

Admirers of the cherry blossom can find over 40,000 cherry trees in Vancouver, Canada. Brought in the 1930s as a gift from Japan, the arrival of cherry blossom season is celebrated every year with a festival in the springtime.

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Take in the gorgeous views of the cherry trees in Vancouver, Canada.

China:

The oldest cherry blossoms in China can be found in Longwangtang Park. Originating from the WWII era, the arrival of the cherry blossoms illuminates the area in late April. They can also be found in parts of Beijing and Shanghai.

Denmark:

Travelers come from far and wide to see the gorgeous cherry blossoms in Copenhagen. The most common place to find them in the capital city? Bispebjerg Cemetery and Langelinie Park in April.

France:

Flock to Parc de Sceaux, in Paris, to see the orchards of cherry trees, both in white and pink. Visitors can find them bloom in early April.

Germany:

Hamburg, Germany, hosts a full festival annually to welcome the return of the cherry blossoms, drawing in tens of thousands of spectators every spring. Every May a “Cherry Blossom Queen” is selected by the Japan Cherry Blossom Association. In German, the festival is known as “Kirschblütenfest.”

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Cherry Blossoms in the Himalayas.

India:

In India, the cherry blossom is found mainly in the Himalayan states. The country holds an annual cherry blossom festival in the fall, between October and November. With their arrival, the blossoms can be seen covering the Himalayan foothills, a truly breathtaking scene.

Korea:

In Korea, cherry blossoms symbolize purity and beauty. In earlier tradition, monks used the wood from the cherry trees to make bows and roadblocks. The best place to enjoy cherry blossom season is in Seoul in late March, early April.

Myanmar:

The town of Pyin OO Lwin is known as “The Land of Cherries.” While some of the cherry trees had to be genetically modified to survive the

tropical weather, they are still very important in Myanmar.

The Netherlands:

The cherry blossom trees in the Netherlands were donated 20 years ago by the Japan Women’s Club. In total there are 400 trees. 200 of the trees have female Japanese names and 200 of them have female Dutch names.

New Zealand:

Most commonly found in the Christchurch Botanical Gardens, the trees are also found in Hagley Park in the heart of the city. Visitors can enjoy the open space under a blanket of cherry trees.

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Spend the night in a hobbit house surrounded by cherry blossoms.

Spain:

Every March marks the arrival of the cherry blossoms in the Jerte Valley in Extremadura, Spain. The valley holds over two million cherry blossom trees and fills it with the beautiful pink and white colors.

Sweden:

April 28th is the official Day of the Cherry Blossom in Stockholm, although these flowers tend to make an earlier appearance in the spring. The Swedes and Japanese hold a festival during this time each year, which marks 150 years of friendship between Sweden and Japan.

Taiwan:

The cherry blossom festivities in Taiwan attract 50,000 visitors each year. The season typically starts as early as January and finishes in April. One of the most popular places to see the incredibly displace is at Tianyuan Temple.

Thailand:

Unlike many other areas, the typical season for cherry blossoms in Thailand is in the winter. The trees bloom mostly in Northern Thailand in cities including Chiang Mai.

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Stroll down the streets of Chiang Mai under a blanket of cherry blossoms.

Turkey:

Typically due to arrive in spring, the cherry trees made an early arrival this year, blooming in early winter 2019. For one of Turkey’s orchard owners, the early arrival came as a big surprise. After 30 years of cultivating the land, he had never witnessed an early arrival.

The United Kingdom:

Travelers can find pink flowers all throughout the UK. The Gloucestershire region holds the national collections of Japanese villa cherries. London is also home to several parks and Japanese gardens where tourists can marvel at the cherry trees.

The United States:

From coast to coast, travelers can see the beautiful cherry blossoms in many states of the US. Most notably in the East Coast including Boston, Washington D.C., and Baltimore, visitors come to the University of Washington, Seattle Campus, every March to take pictures in the gorgeous liberal arts quad filled with cherry trees. To see the current bloom in Washington D.C., you can watch from the Bloom Cam.

Add a visit to the cherry blossoms in your home country to your bucket list.

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Plane passenger makes an 88-year old woman’s ‘dream’ come true: Be Kind During Your Travels in 2020

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However hard it may be to imagine, the new year – new you could become a new type of approach to travel. Make the world a better place and when possible choose the train over plane If you can’t avoid flying across oceans, you may as well be a better person by giving your seat to the elderly. Extra legroom, in the end, is not the reason why you travel to new places.

There are some tips you can take from viral acts of kindness. From heartwarming Christmas stories like “the passenger trading his upper-class cabin ticket with a traveler seated next to the economy toilets“, the “kindness of his own heart” articles have been overflowing the internet during the holiday season.”

There are some tips you can take from viral acts of kindness. From heartwarming Christmas stories like “the passenger trading his upper-class cabin ticket with a traveler seated next to the economy toilets“, the “kindness of his own heart” articles have been overflowing the internet during the holiday season.”

However, as Roy T. Bennett once wrote, “Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.” After all, life becomes easier not only for people but for the planet and peoples to come, as we live with the right attitude, respecting and choosing optimism for people around us.

Here are 3 simple tips on how to make your holiday more enjoyable not only for yourself but also for those around you.

Give the Seat to the Elderly

Next time you’re traveling with a priority train ticket through South East Asia via train and the next cabin over is overcrowded with rural vendor workers, switch your ticket with an elderly local and make their day! You’ll have a more authentic experience and might make friendly connections with the locals.

Always Ask before Taking Photographs – and then Send it Back

So, you just snapped a beautiful street portrait of a craftsman in a market – but what about taking it another step and sending him a digital version of it? You never know when it may become useful

Keep it to the Trains

We already wrote about it, but once again: choose train, or share a ride. Flying should always stay a last resort option for short-distance travel.

 

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Houston Ranked Number 5 on List of Top Places to Visit in 2020

Houston travel scene is full of adventure and new ideas for those who are tired of the same old Texas attractions. Apart from Parque Nacional de Big Bend and Alamo museum, as well as Palo Duro Canyon State Park, there is much more Texas visitors can get by visiting Houston for a weekend.

Houston has scored the 5th place on Harper’s Bazaar’s list of top 20 places to travel in 2020. No wonder the fact – after Sydney, Australia; Botswana; and Paris, France, Houston has a refreshing food and art scene to watch out for in 2020.

What to Do in Houston in 2020

No wonder the city is among the top-tier tourism destinations. Houston, TX Texas has a lot to see and do at – and most part of it is for free, competeing with Chicago’s art getting more and more out of pocket for most travellers.

Space Center Houston

Houston’s Museum District

The Museum of Fine Arts is getting an expansion, and

Walk Bike or paddle – Buffalo Bayou Park

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Go and see some of the most amazing Houston street art

Shop vintage stores on 19th street in the Heights

Visit Houston’s Farmer Market

This year, the market is expanding across 18 acres.

Visit Houston Botanic Garden

.. which will be completed this year!

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7 Travel Destinations That are Actually Economic Ideas

Whether you have tried going to Moscow to see the Swan Lake, or just visited Stockholm for the Christmas carols at Skansen, there are travel destinations that will make you rethink – and think about your travel not only in budget-saving terms, but also in terms of getting the travel value right.

Lucas Islands, Princess Elizabeth Land

While Lucas island is a charming island on Antarctica full of penguins administered under the Antarctic Treatry System, the island itself was only mapped in 1936-1937 by  Lars Christensen Expedition and called “Plogsteinen” (the plow stone), later being renamed.

Lucas Islands model, however, is not referring to Princess Elizabeth Land. Instead, it is a land of economics, linking money supply and prie and output changes, driving on rational expectations theory. The quantity theory of money will indeed be useful when planning your trip to  Antarctica, as the budget tips and tricks for your next travel will not be money neutral. To have an effective proposition on money budgeting, please consult the article on budget travel tips.

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm is well known for its subway art, as well as ABBA and Vasa Museum. But what about Stockholm school of thought? Stockholmsskolan, led by Wicksell and Keynes, believes in Scandinavian happiness levels can be achieved by adjusting travel budgets to your pocket. So, when going on your next trip, save some money before it gets hot and travel spending comes around!

Travel to Mars by Overshoot

Did SpaceX intend to overshoot to Mars? While the talk around Tesla is always an interesting one, overshooting to Mars can become a reality pretty soon. Overshooting, however, in near future, cannot be the best solution. To travel and really get to Mars, the real exchange of travel expense and experience novelty will need to be balanced out with the previously assumed, so the travellers are stable with their wants, needs and expenses. After all, the way to Mars is a long one!

Swan Island, Tasmania

While Swan Island, a part of Waterhouse island on the coast of Tasmania is known for its seal parties and little penguins, and less for swans themselves, the island has a vast variety of seabird and wader species. Swan model, however, focuses on bringing the travellers out of work depression (Read: why travel is necessary for your mental health) by balancing external and internal positions of economy.

Baikal, Russia and Mongolia –  the Largest Freshwater Lake in the World

Baikal is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, and travelling to Russia just to visit the rift valley lake in Siberia is worth it. While freshwater reserves are important to any country and will determine the future climate in the world, the Sweetwater school of rationality would reaffirm that, opposite to Saltwater Keynesian economics, travel spending and failures from time to time can be either a bust situation, or a solution to a problem. So remember on your next trip – not a person can have valuable travel experience without being taken aback by some of the travel experiences.

Matching, United Kingdom

Escape to a countryside sometimes is just what you need. Matching near Harlow in United Kingdom will give you not only a pleasant fresh breath of air, but also knowledge, as not afar from Cambridge. The economic thought being the matching theory, or search theory, maintains that travellers form mutually beneficial relationships over time, be it solo traveler finding a travel companion in hostel in Hanoi, or a senior traveller travelling Spain with common interest in museums friends group.

Vienna, Austria

From Mozart chocolate balls selling in Saltzburg to Viennese Midsummer concerts in the Schönbrunn Palace, Austria is full of discoveries for both foodies and culture travellers. Austrian school of economics, also, maintains, that music movements and developments are made by individuals. Geniuses like Mozart are responsible for movement forward, and economics is no exception.

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