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Planes at LaGuardia airport - the future of travel

What Does the Future of Travel Look Like?

With cities pushing back against mass tourism, technology reshaping our world, airlines finding new ways to squeeze money out of fees, and social media influencers making destinations trendy with just a few Instagram pictures, there’s no doubt that the future of travel looks very different than its current state. I asked a group of travel bloggers to predict what the future of travel will look like over the next couple of decades.

Changes in communication will shape the future of travel

I think the biggest aspect that is going to change within travel is how we communicate. For decades, the way we’ve communicated with people has either been in English, or their own language. Who here is guilty of that being the former? I always try and learn at least a few words at a minimum (hello, goodbye, thank you and usually cheers!) in the native language but how will this change in the next few years? With technology expansion soaring into the space age – there are already tools on the market that will dramatically change travel, and communication in travel forever.

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Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom - Disney World for adults

The Grown-Up’s Guide to the Magic Kingdom

As a former Magic Kingdom Cast Member, this park will always have the fondest memories associated with it for me. It was the first Disney World park and is home to the iconic Cinderella Castle. I know what you’re thinking. “Isn’t the Magic Kingdom just for kids?” Nope, not at all. Despite its reputation as the “kids’ park,” there is plenty of fun for guests of all ages, as I’ll demonstrate in this very in-depth guide for adults at the Magic Kingdom.

Cinderella Castle lit up at night - adults at the Magic Kingdom

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Redwood trees in Muir Woods National Monument

Walking Among Redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument

I’ve been awed by nature in many different places around the world, but walking among the redwood trees at Muir Woods National Monument was the first time I’ve ever felt my jaw drop at the sight of a living entity. Ever since I first learned about redwood trees in school, I’ve been dreaming of seeing them in person, so when I got sent to Sacramento for work, I made the couple-hour drive to the coast to finally lay eyes on them. Muir Woods, located just north of San Francisco, is one of the more easily accessible places to view these giant trees.

Entrance to Muir Woods National Monument

For those like me who never really knew the difference between redwood trees and sequoias, redwoods are found along the California coast whereas sequoias grow further inland. Redwoods are narrower and taller (they’re the tallest living things in the world!), while sequoias max out at slightly shorter heights, but have wider trunks. Though redwood trees can live to be very old – 2000 years isn’t bad for a lifespan – the oldest sequoias make them seem like young ‘uns as they can live up to 3200 years. Think about how much the world has changed in 3200 years, and yet there could be trees still standing in the same place for all of those centuries. Nature is incredible.

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Colorful Instagram travel photos

Worldwide Color: Best of August 2017

I love finding bright colors out in the world when I’m traveling. I’ve turned that love into an Instagram “project” with an account that features three colorful travel photos every day, rotating through the rainbow. I’ve chosen my favorites from August for this month’s round-up post, so read on to see Instagram’s most colorful travel photos. Make sure to check out these great Instagrammers’ accounts if you enjoy their photography.

Red

Now that it’s past Labor Day in the US, I’m ready for fall, and this gorgeous red corn perfectly suits my mood. This photo was taken in Cusco, Peru. Follow @our.taste.of.travel on Instagram, and check out their blog and Facebook pages for more great content.

Other top red photos this month were of the iconic British phone booths by @priya_balsara and a neon night scene from Bangkok, Thailand by @mari.onthemap.

Orange

Parisian sky on fire 🔥

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This fiery orange sunset over Paris’ iconic landmarks is absolute perfection! Follow @mathieuleca on Instagram for more great pictures.

The other top orange photos this month were also of sunsets. This one of the British Virgin Islands by @aboveusonlysk1es and another one by @wanderlustmeline.

Yellow

Last night’s golden hour in the Eastern Algarve, Portugal.

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I love the way the sunset lights up the sky in this fantastic shot over Portugal. Follow @onlybyland on Instagram and check out his blog, Only By Land, for more of his travels around the world.

Other top yellow photos this month were of a bright yellow tree in Orlando, Florida by @royalcaribbeangirl and a great close-up of a flower in Monterey, California by @vknphotography.

Green

This gorgeous photo of a lion is the kind of thing everyone hopes for on a safari. He’s both beautiful and menacing. Follow @fieldinghorizons on Instagram, and check out her Facebook page and soon-to-launch blog.

Other top green pictures this month were of a great waterfall in Brazil by @bruwinck and tropical ferns by our next featured photographer, @pacifiquegirl.

Turquoise

This amazing drone shot from one of my most frequent contributors is everything travelers would hope for during a visit to the Pacific islands. That water is my favorite color. Follow @pacifiquegirl on Instagram, and check out her other account @offmyisland.

Other top turquoise shots this month were of a beach in Bora Bora by @liwitogo and Bondi Beach in Australia by @brooke.ayton.

Blue

Celebrating Canada 🇨🇦 #Canada150 One of the prettiest lakes in Canadian Rockies – Moraine Lake Moraine Lake is a glacially fed lake in Banff National Park, 14 kilometres outside the Village of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. It is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 6,183 feet 📷 This picture was taken at 8:00 pm on Canada Day. The sun usually doesn’t go down until 10:00 pm here during the summer months 🌞♥️ ——————-🌏—————- 📍Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada 🇨🇦 ————————————–#explorecanada #tourcanada #enjoycanada #exploreedmonton #explorealberta #travelalberta #albertaviews #loves_alberta #meanwhileinalberta #explorebanff #mybanff #morainelake #lakelouisealberta #canadianrockies #explorealberta #banffnationalpark #tourismalberta #alberta #albertacanada #banff #naturelove #naturegram #earthpix #beautifuldestinations #sunset #paradisecanada #passionpassport #earthfocus #dailyhiveyyc

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I absolutely adore mountain lakes, and this beautiful shot of Moraine Lake in Banff by @tosomeplacenew is absolute perfection. Follow them on Instagram and check out their blog.

Other top blue photos this month were of Mount Mayon by @bonbonmontero and Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon in Iceland by @beckythetraveller.

Purple

Purple skies at sunset are always stunning, and this tropical shot perfectly captures that evening magic. Follow @dom1n1ka.hu on Instagram and Facebook

Other top purple pictures this month were of a perfect sunset in France by @tom_pops and fountains in London by @malgorzatawlodarczyk.

Pink

Some of my favorite pink shots this week were of flamingos by @whatsnewuk and the famous coloradas lakes in Mexico by @fede_apple.

Which one is your favorite?

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Instagram's most colorful travel photography.

Instagram's most colorful travel photography.
Blake's Cider Mill in Armada, Michigan

8 Reasons to visit Michigan This Fall

Maybe it’s a bit cliché, but I love the fall. Or the autumn if you’re fancy like that. It combines great weather, beautiful foliage, some of my favorite holidays, and a lot of great events, so it’s easy to see why so many people enjoy this season. It’s also the perfect time to explore Michigan. Read on to find out all about the best reasons to visit Michigan in the fall.

College football

As the home of two very proud Big Ten universities, college football is naturally a big deal. Plus, Detroiters have suffered through the Lions’ failures for so many decades that college football is really the only way that many Michiganians (Michigander is used more commonly, but it just reminds me of male geese) have been able to experience actual success on the gridiron.

Michigan Stadium, home of the Wolverines

As a Wolverine, I’m partial to the games at the University of Michigan. The Big House aka Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor is an experience in and of itself. The stadium doesn’t look particularly large as you approach from street level, but as you emerge into the bowl and realize the massive expanse in front of you, it’s incredible. The Michigan State Spartans also have a stadium in East Lansing where they play football, but it’s just not the same. If you want the full experience, show up on the Saturday of the annual Michigan-Michigan State game and watch families be torn apart based on rooting interest and friendly wagers. Check these links for schedules for Michigan and Michigan State.

Cider mills

Blake's Cider Mill in Armada, Michigan

I didn’t realize how much of a Michigan thing visiting cider mills in the fall was until I lived elsewhere for a while. When I was living in Florida, I couldn’t even find real cider, which was pretty distressing in the fall when I most want it. Locals will queue up in long lines for single cups of cider or gallons to take back home with them. (The cider mill references here are specifically related to the non-alcoholic version of cider, though some of the local ones are starting to brew their own alcoholic versions as well.) It never really feels like fall until I’ve had a cider mill donut (traditionally covered in cinnamon sugar) and washed it down with an icy cold glass of locally brewed cider. It’s incredible, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t even really enjoy apple juice. The cider can be served cold or hot, and I recently sampled a cider slushie as well. The best cider mills have other autumn-y activities to do while snacking, like pumpkin patches or trails to enjoy the fall colors.

My two favorites are both located in the southeast Michigan area, a little bit north of Detroit. Yates, in Rochester Hills, is the most iconic, with its red barn and wooded trails. The lines are long on fall weekends, and it creates its own local traffic jam on the busiest days as visitors hunt for parking spaces. Blake’s, located in Armada has a huge variety of different seasonal activities like berry picking. It’s also home to perhaps my favorite cider mill donuts. It’s a bit further from the city, but well worth the trip.

Renfest

Axe throwing at the Michigan Renaissance Festival

The Michigan Renaissance Festival, held in Holly, actually kicks off in August, but it’s always felt like more of a fall thing to me. It begins in late August and runs through the end of September. Even if you’re not into dressing up in period costume (if you are, you can rent them there), it’s a lot of fun to wander around and enjoy the atmosphere. There are medieval games that you can play like axe throwing (I STILL can’t figure out how to get the axe to stick in anything, let alone the target) and target archery. There’s also a spot where you can pay to lob tomatoes at some hecklers in stocks. The periodic jousting shows draw big crowds, and you can watch knights perform different skill tests on horseback. Find all of the info you need about Renfest here.

Oktoberfest at Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth is a small town located between Flint and Saginaw that is designed to look like a little Bavarian village. It’s known for its amazing chicken dinners, a mind-blowingly large Christmas store, and lots of kids’ activities. During September, Frankenmuth throws a traditional Oktoberfest party – the only one that’s officially sanctioned by the original Oktoberfest in Munich.

For one weekend in September (corresponding to the actual Oktoberfest in Munich), Frankenmuth comes alive with traditional entertainment, food, and – of course – beer. If a plane ticket to Germany isn’t in your budget, don’t miss a chance to wander among the Bavarian style buildings and soak up the closest thing to the real festival. More info can be found at this link.

Zoo Boo

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, which plays heavily into my love of the fall. The Zoo Boo event at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is a family friendly event held after hours. Kids and adults can dress up in costumes and trick or treat along a route through the zoo. Most of the animals aren’t visible in the dark, though the reptile house usually remains open for exploration.

Painted pumpkins at the Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo

The walkway is lined with a seemingly impossible number of carved pumpkins. Entertainment varies, but the last time I attended, there was a lot of pumpkin smashing in the name of science as well. Plus, did I mention that you get to leave with a load of candy? Find out more about the Zoo Boo here.

Hallowe’en at Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn throws another awesome Halloween event on select nights in October. The village, a collection of historic buildings that were relocated to the site, takes you back in time to Halloweens of old. More than 1000 carved pumpkins line the path through the park, and characters in period costume wander through the crowd. Special shows and live music provide additional entertainment, and if you keep your eyes open, you might just spot the legendary Headless Horseman. Find out more about the event here.

The leaves

Fall foliage colors in Michigan

Hiking is nice any time of year, but it’s at its best in the fall when the leaves start turning. Taking drives to view the foliage is a big deal out on the East Coast, but you can have the same experience without driving cross-country (and paying for more expensive everything out there) right here in Michigan. Because the state spans such a great distance from north-south (sorry, Connecticut), you have a bigger window to hit peak colors. The leaves in the UP (that’s the Upper Peninsula for you non-locals) turn first, and then the colors creep southward until they brighten up the whole state.

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Forget Macy’s in New York. The America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade right here in Detroit is my favorite annual parade. Every Thanksgiving Day, people line the streets to watch a seemingly endless array of floats, high school bands, and gigantic balloons. Though my favorite part of the parade – the Briefcase Drill Team – had its last performance a few years ago, the parade is still a fantastic event. Every year, kids get to submit designs for a new float and balloon and the top choices are built in real life. The parade wraps up with the mayor presenting Santa Claus himself the key to the city. If you’re more into running than stuffing your face at dinner (or both), don’t miss the Turkey Trot, a series of races before the parade with distances of 1 mile, 5k, and 10k. Get more info on the parade and Turkey Trot here.

Not planning to visit Michigan in the fall? Maybe one of these other seasons will suit your tastes better:

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There are tons of great things to do in Michigan in the fall. Detroit | Thanksgiving parade | Oktoberfest | Frankenmuth | Michigan football | Fall foliage | Zoo Boo | Greenfield Village | Cider Mills

There are tons of great things to do in Michigan in the fall. Detroit | Thanksgiving parade | Oktoberfest | Frankenmuth | Michigan football | Fall foliage | Zoo Boo | Greenfield Village | Cider Mills
Notre Dame by the River Seine in Paris, France

Notre Dame: Birds, Gargoyles, and an Incredible View

Everyone knows about the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. It may well be the most famous church in the world, and it is a must-see on most Paris itineraries. It’s every bit as hauntingly beautiful inside as you would expect. Here’s what you need to know for visiting Notre Dame.

Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France

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Tips for and photos of driving Pikes Peak

Driving to the Top of Pikes Peak

Driving Pikes Peak is one of those classic American experiences that everyone should try at least once. My dad went as a kid, and it’s always been on my list of things to do. I finally got a chance to make the drive this year and it was amazing!

Pikes Peak (known as a fourteener because it tops 14,000 feet high) is located in Colorado Springs and the peak can be accessed by driving, taking a cog railway ride, or hiking. We chose to drive the 19-mile road to the top. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

The drive up Pikes Peak

Switchbacks on the drive to the top of Pikes Peak

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Salt sculptures in the Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow, Poland

Exploring the Wieliczka Salt Mine

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is located just outside of one of my favorite cities in the world – Krakow, Poland. It was a working salt mine for over 700 years, and now is one of the top tourist attractions in the area. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site if you’re into that kind of thing. I loved the tour because over the years, miners carved incredible statues out of the rock salt, and other artists have contributed works as well. The tour is much more than just walking through old mine shafts, and I highly recommend visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine when in Krakow.

Touring the Wieliczka Salt Mine

The regular tours at Wieliczka last a couple of hours and involve a lot of walking and some stairs (though it’s possible to book accessible tours in advance). You only visit a fraction of the chambers in the mine – it would take days to explore the whole thing – but it includes the history of the work that was done there as well as info about the tools and machinery used. Foreign language tours are available, and it’s recommended to book them in advance on their website. With the current exchange rate, they cost about $25.

Carvings in the Wieliczka Salt Mine

Our tour started off with a long climb down a series of stairs (at least we weren’t going up!) to enter the first part of the mine. We learned the legend about how the mine came to be there, and about the different methods that were used there.

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Viewing the Northern Lights in Iceland

Top Tips for Viewing the Northern Lights

Viewing the Northern Lights (or Southern!) is high on many bucket lists. One of my main goals on my recent trip to Iceland was to see them for the first time, and we had phenomenal luck, spotting them four out of our six nights there. There’s no sure-fire way to guarantee that you’ll see an aurora, but here are my top tips for spotting the Northern Lights.

Visit somewhere that experiences the Northern Lights regularly

Viewing the northern lights

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Disney's Hollywood Studios for adults

The Grown-up’s Guide to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios (raise your hand if you still call it MGM sometimes) is undergoing a pretty substantial overhaul at the moment. Large sections of the park have been closed in order to construct new Star Wars and Toy Story areas, and while that has left it looking a bit sparse at the moment, in a couple of years it may well be the most exciting spot at Disney World. Because of its two large thrill rides, it’s long been known as the “teenagers’ park”, and there’s lots to offer for grown-ups. Read on for all of my top tips about Hollywood Studios for adults.

The rides

Hollywood Studios doesn’t boast a lot of rides at the moment, but the ones it has rank as some of my favorites at Disney World.

Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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