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Ever Wonder Why Airplanes Dim Lights On Takeoff?

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image from T+L: courtesy of Vicki Beaver / Alamy

I came across a short article from Travel + Leisure answering a question related to flying that I’ve never really given much thought to before.

On pretty much every flight, the captain dims the cabin light and we are asked to raise our window shades during takeoff and landing. I can’t say that I’ve ever pondered the reason for doing so, it’s always just been something that happens. Continue reading Ever Wonder Why Airplanes Dim Lights On Takeoff?

America’s Coolest Music Venues

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Ryman Auditorium from our visit in 2012

Back in high school and college I was really into music. During this time, we would actually go to the store and buy a CD or get a burned copy from a friend unlike today where everything is downloaded! Some of my favorite bands back then were Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Dave Matthews Band and U2 among many others.

I used to also really love going to concerts although I’m not really into that kind of thing anymore. I couldn’t see spending money on a concert unless it was for a few select bands and even then I’d have to really think about it.

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What Are America’s Favorite Spots For Food & Culture + Win $25,000 Trip

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Travel + Leisure is looking for help in choosing America’s best spots for food and culture.

They are looking for participants to take their America’s Favorite Places survey for 2014. Those willing to take part will be entered for a chance to win a $25,000 Island Getaway!

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The Best Museums For Families

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Fram Museum- Oslo, Norway

When visiting new places, museums are a great way to quickly get some background and learn a little something about an area or topic. On just about every trip, we’ll usually visit a few museums.

I’ve heard lots of people say that they find  traveling with little ones difficult. When it comes to sightseeing, it can mean less time to visit sites & attractions that interest adults and  most of their time is dedicated to finding things to entertain the kids.

At this point we’re still pretty lucky.

Lucas seems to (just about) always be curious and interested in whatever we are doing. He’s been to lots of amazing museums and sites, and he just about always has a good time! Hopefully this will continue to be true in the future. Continue reading The Best Museums For Families

17 Airline Snacks To Eat Right Now

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image from T+L article

When it comes to airline snacks, a couple of thoughts come to mind: Will there even be a snack served ? If so, will it be the usual small bag of pretzels or peanuts?

Southwest offers small bags of pretzels or if you’re lucky you might get some plane cookies. I’ve only had the cookies (very similar to Teddy Grahams) on a couple of flights.

When flying Air Berlin we got an interesting treat at the end of the flight. The flight attendants gave out really tasty chocolate hearts while leaving the plane.

The best bet is to come prepared with your own stash of snacks just in case the selection on board isn’t so great. Kim and I try to bring along some snack for ourself and Lucas during each trip. It’s definitely best not to be caught unprepared (especially when traveling with a little one).

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America’s Strangest Sandwiches

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2011 Visit to PYT- Mini Doh Nut! Burger

I have to admit that I’m an extremely picky eater when it comes to healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. However, I’m a bit more adventurous when it comes to other kinds of foods. Check out my post: The 6 Oddest Foods That I’ve Ever Tried to get an idea of some of the things that I’ve tried.

Travel + Leisure came up with a slideshow featuring America’s Strangest Sandwiches.

My first thought after reading their title was, I have to check this out. I mean, who doesn’t love a good sandwich? Things placed on a bun or between 2 slices of bread are usually better!

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World’s Most Exotic Rental Cars

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Bugatti Veyron- $26,470 per day

I wouldn’t conisder myself a car guy and am not one to go out for a joyride to pass the time. When traveling, I much prefer to use public transportation to get around rather than rent a car. However, for some trips there aren’t many options. If you want to see lots of places in a short amount of time (like on one of our recent trips), sometimes renting a car is your best option.

When it comes to renting a car, I just about always go with the cheapest car I can find. But with Lucas (and his car seat) to consider, sometimes that strategy doesn’t exactly work anymore.

Travel + Leisure came up with a fun slide show for all of you car lovers out there.

The topicWorld’s Most Exotic Rentals.

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America’s Coolest Breweries


When it comes to adult beverages, beer is usually my drink of choice.

Over the years beer has played an important role in many of my trips. I’ve visited and taken tours of quite a few breweries and have also had few beercenteric trips.

My first brewery tour was in Glasgow, Scotland at Tennent’s around 12-13 years ago  and my most recent one was in Korca, Albania this past summer. In between, I’ve visited breweries in many countries and all around the U.S.

When it comes to trips centered around beer, 3 of them come to mind.

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Most Expensive Airport Parking in America

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Photo from T+L slideshow

Last month Travel+Leisure had a slideshow featuring the Most Expensive Airport Parking in America.

To help collect the info, T+L turned to BestParking, a website that “tabulates costs at 115 airports throughout North America, steering motorists to the cheapest and closest airport facilities”.

Although we rarely drive to the airport, (if I had to guess) I’d assume that airports in the New York City area, namely JFK and LGA would be at the top of the list. I’d then expect other big cities to follow.

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