Category: travel

July 24th, 2017 by Staff Writer

United Airlines hasn’t had the best reputation when it comes to their treatment of passengers as of late, and after what happened to a baby boy last month, it definitely isn’t getting better.
When Emily France boarded a United flight from Denver to El Paso, Texas, with her four-month-old son, Owen, she immediately noticed how hot it was in the aircraft. “The plane was an oven with wings,” she told Inside Edition. She used wet wipes to try to cool Owen off, but when the plane got delayed, she grew more and more frightened that her baby wouldn’t make it….

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July 24th, 2017 by Staff Writer

United Airlines hasn’t had the best reputation when it comes to their treatment of passengers as of late, and after what happened to a baby boy last month, it definitely isn’t getting better.
When Emily France boarded a United flight from Denver to El Paso, Texas, with her four-month-old son, Owen, she immediately noticed how hot it was in the aircraft. “The plane was an oven with wings,” she told Inside Edition. She used wet wipes to try to cool Owen off, but when the plane got delayed, she grew more and more frightened that her baby wouldn’t make it….

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July 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Traveling the world is exciting, and many choose to go on an adventure after graduation.
After all, it seems like the perfect time to take a break after all that hard work and get some new experiences before entering the workforce. For some, this experience can be especially transformative. One girl, who goes by the username “devgal,” posted her experience to Reddit and Imgur, and her unique story is inspiring others. Her positive attitude took over the world!

Devgal was born with a congenital bone disease and her leg was amputated above the knee when she was just four years…

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March 18th, 2017 by Staff Writer

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans introduced a bill that would protect the rights of gun owners traveling over state lines from falling into the complicated laws that differ in each state.

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) introduced S.618 , which would amend the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 to clarify key provisions in the law. According to a statement released on Hatch’s website, the bill will prevent anyone with a gun, ammunition, or magazines from falling outside of the law simply by passing through.

“This bill safeguards our Second Amendment rights by strengthening federal protections for responsible gun owners travelling across state lines,” Hatch said.  “By amending the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act of 1986, this commonsense proposal puts an end to the harassment of upstanding citizens who happen to stay overnight, fuel up, or stop for an emergency during their travels in another state.”

“I believe it is important to defend the Second Amendment right of law-abiding gun owners,” said Griffith. “Current federal law or the Second Amendment of the Constitution should neither be misinterpreted nor ignored to prevent law-abiding, responsible gun owners from traveling throughout the country with firearms so long as they are in compliance with federal law while in transit.”

The bill already has the support of multiple Republican senators such as James Lankford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Mike Rounds (R-SD). The bill also being supported by the National Rifle Association.

“This legislation will restore the intent of Congress to protect law-abiding Americans who exercise their fundamental Second Amendment rights when they travel,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action.

Senator Hatch and Representative Griffith’s bill addresses a critical gap in all Americans’ abilities to exercise  their Second Amendment rights and participate in hunting and shooting sports across state lines,” said Lawrence Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, who also supports the bill.

This bill should give rest to those whose professions include constant travel such as truck drivers, and should also put at ease any gun owner has about being harassed by police in states they do not live in.

Guns.com lists two such instances where gun owners have had to face problems due to simply being a gun owner in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Gun owners often find themselves in a Catch-22 while traveling with their firearms. In one case, a man relocating from Texas to Maine stopped for a nap in a New Jersey parking lot and woke up to an arrest after authorities in the Garden State searched his vehicle and found his gun collection. Another incident saw a man traveling from Florida to New Jersey who was detained in Maryland for nearly an hour even though he had no firearm in the vehicle when police there pinged his driver’s license and found that he had a concealed carry permit.

 

 

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February 5th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The canals in Venice are famous for being the primary mode of transportation around the city.
Gondolas carry patrons on water, and there are barely any cars in sight. It’s the only place like it in the world…or is it? Giethoorn, a tiny village in Holland, has come to be known as “Little Venice.” Like the well-known Italian city, it also has a canal system, and it’s absolutely adorable.

About 2,600 people live in Giethoorn. It’s considered to be one of the Netherlands’ hidden treasures.

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The town was built by peat harvesters. After they dug peat out…

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February 5th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The canals in Venice are famous for being the primary mode of transportation around the city.
Gondolas carry patrons on water, and there are barely any cars in sight. It’s the only place like it in the world…or is it? Giethoorn, a tiny village in Holland, has come to be known as “Little Venice.” Like the well-known Italian city, it also has a canal system, and it’s absolutely adorable.

About 2,600 people live in Giethoorn. It’s considered to be one of the Netherlands’ hidden treasures.

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The town was built by peat harvesters. After they dug peat out…

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January 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The Iraqi town of Najaf is considered one of the holiest cities in all the Middle East.
It holds the tomb of Ali, the first imam of the Shi’ites. Ali succeeded Mohammed as the Fourth Caliph and ruled over the nation until 661 C.E. when he was assassinated by a group known as the Kharijites. Back then, Najaf was only a small village, but became the large city it is known as today after another caliph passed through the village and decided that in order to honor the resting place of Ali, a grand mausoleum should be built. Today, Najaf…

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January 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The Iraqi town of Najaf is considered one of the holiest cities in all the Middle East.
It holds the tomb of Ali, the first imam of the Shi’ites. Ali succeeded Mohammed as the Fourth Caliph and ruled over the nation until 661 C.E. when he was assassinated by a group known as the Kharijites. Back then, Najaf was only a small village, but became the large city it is known as today after another caliph passed through the village and decided that in order to honor the resting place of Ali, a grand mausoleum should be built. Today, Najaf…

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January 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Air travel is one of our most important means of transportation, but sitting in the airport can be a real drag.
Delays and long layovers happen sometimes, but for weary travelers just trying to get to their destinations, they can be hellish. Whether they’ve been traveling for days, have antsy children, are completely exhausted, or are just plain bored, people in airports are captured on camera doing crazy and hilarious things all the time. These are some of our favorites.

1. Might as well get comfortable…it’s going to be a looooong wait.

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January 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Air travel is one of our most important means of transportation, but sitting in the airport can be a real drag.
Delays and long layovers happen sometimes, but for weary travelers just trying to get to their destinations, they can be hellish. Whether they’ve been traveling for days, have antsy children, are completely exhausted, or are just plain bored, people in airports are captured on camera doing crazy and hilarious things all the time. These are some of our favorites.

1. Might as well get comfortable…it’s going to be a looooong wait.

Flickr / Alan Light

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October 28th, 2016 by Staff Writer

All mosques serve as places of worship for those who practice Islam and they also provide people with a sense of community.
Not unlike Christian churches and cathedrals, most mosques are appreciated not just for their religious significance, but also for their elaborate beauty. Mosques are known for their majestic domes, prayer halls, minarets, and other feats of astounding architecture. While they all have their charms, this mosque is on another level entirely.

This is the Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran.

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October 12th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Are you craving a secluded vacation far away from everyone you know and the problems they cause?
Look no further than Foula Island, the most remote and sparsely populated island both in Scotland and in Britain more generally. If you’re an animal lover, you have to add this destination to your bucket list. Here’s why.

Foula is only three and a half miles wide and is known to many as “The Edge of the World.” Incredibly, only 30 people call the island home.

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There are sprawling acres of luscious green grass…

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….stunning coastal views….

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July 26th, 2016 by Staff Writer

I didn’t know yoga for your eyes was a thing. Then I watched chef Miyuki Adachi form pasta by hand and I felt serene, calm, and a little hungry…just like after regular yoga, except not as sweaty.

I can’t take my eyes off of these green swirls.

Look at this hand rolling. It’s so serene, like when Mr. Rogers showed those “how it’s made” videos.

Roll, pinch, slide. Roll, pinch, slide. There’s something mesmerizing about how each noodle evolves into its final form.

Pasta creation looks effortless and flowing. It looks magical when this chef does it, unlike the disastrous…

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July 26th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Human beings are capable of incredible things.
We can construct epic buildings where there was nothing but dirt, and we can plant jaw-dropping gardens where there wasn’t any dirt to begin with. The people behind these gardens have proven that the sky is the limit, literally, when it comes to getting your green thumb on. The gardens they’ve created are jaw-dropping examples of some seriously next-level talent. Once you see them, you’ll have a lot of questions. How did they get that dirt up there? Do animals live in those gardens? Can I come over? Check them out and revel…

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May 25th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Face it. It’s kind of hard to impress people with material goods when they’ve seen half the planet.
Avid travelers who board flights to far-flung destinations across the globe each year are notoriously tricky to shop for when birthdays and holidays roll around. After all, it’s kind of hard to wow someone who has seen everything from the Eiffel Tower to the Sahara Desert with some knick-knack wrapped in pretty paper.We can’t just go to their birthday parties empty handed, but what are we supposed to do? Use their experiences to our advantage, of course! Okay, that sounds horrible, but…

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May 24th, 2016 by Staff Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee said Monday that the head of security operations at the Transportation Security Administration has been replaced.

“Kelly Hoggan has been removed from his position as head of security at TSA,” the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform posted on Twitter.

Meanwhile, The Associated Press obtained a memo sent from TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger that does not mention Hoggan but names an acting replacement.

Passengers at O'Hare International Airport wait in line to be screened at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint on May 16, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Passengers at O’Hare International Airport wait in line to be screened at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint on May 16, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

“Darby LaJoye will serve as the Acting Assistant Administrator of the Office of Security Operations,” Neffenger wrote in the memo addressed to TSA senior leaders. “Darby LaJoye is an experienced Federal Security Director with successful leadership tours at two of the nation’s largest airports, Los Angeles International Airport in California and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.”

The oversight committee said Hoggan received more than $90,000 in bonuses over a period from late 2013 to late 2014.

About a year later, a report from the Homeland Security Inspector General’s office revealed that agency employees failed to find explosives, weapons and other dangerous items in more than 95 percent of covert tests at multiple U.S. airports.

That report and allegations of other mismanagement within TSA have drawn congressional scrutiny and promoted multiple hearings on Capitol Hill.

Hoggan’s ouster also comes amid growing concerns of massive security lines at airports this summer. The long lines have been blamed in part on more travelers during the busy summer travel season and a shortage of screening officers manning checkpoints.

Neffenger has also attributed some security line woes to fewer people than anticipated applying for the government’s PreCheck program, which allows passengers to move through security faster after submitting to a background check.

In recent weeks there have been reports of thousands of people missing flights because of the lengthy wait times. Problems have been reported in Chicago and Neffenger last week was in the city meeting with local officials to discuss the problems.

In his memo Wednesday, Neffenger said, “At Chicago O’Hare International Airport, a new leadership team is now overseeing screening operations.”

He said that and other adjustments, including the LaJoye appointment, “will enable more focused leadership and screening operations at critical airports in the national transportation system.”

The TSA did not say where Hoggan has been reassigned.

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May 18th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Knowing only one language can really change the way you see the world, and it’s usually not for the better.
While some take the easy approach and just assume that everyone speaks English, others feel a little embarrassed about not being able to understand people from around the world in their mother tongues. After all, there are few things more beautiful than language, the form and function of which reveal so much about the people who speak it.For those in the latter group who want to experience culture as authentically as possible, this device is about to shift your perspective…

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May 13th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Recently, The Telegraph Travel Awards named New Zealand the best country in the world.
More than 75,000 readers voted and for the fourth year in a row, the southwestern Pacific Ocean country reigned supreme!But what gives Kiwis (that’s the cute name for the locals!) the advantage? Well, we rounded up just a few of the reasons why New Zealand is awesome. Naturally, more than a few have to do with the epic landscapes…

1. Poet Blanche Baughan called The Milford Track “the finest walk in the world.”

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2. Fiordland National Park is real, despite its magical appearances.

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March 21st, 2016 by Staff Writer

In 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers discovered something incredible tucked into Alberta’s Rocky Mountain range.
On an eastern slope, they found a cave that contained hot springs. Today, those pools are called the birthplace of Canada’s national parks. Banff National Park, the first in the country and the third in the world, grew from just a small basin into a massive destination spanning 2,564 square miles. But if you think all that’s worth seeing of the beautiful northern attraction is the turquoise-blue waters of Lake Louise, think again.

This is the cave and basin where Banff began.

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