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An Hour With Grandma

Pam Townsend | Posted 11.30.2015 | Women
Pam Townsend

I recently read a Facebook post that posed the question: If you could spend an hour with anybody from the past, who would it be? I suspect that the question was meant to elicit the names of famous people who have influenced nations or human destiny worldwide. But my immediate response -- had I chosen to respond online -- would have been: my maternal grandmother.

Mindful Study Abroad 3

Kyle David Anderson | Posted 11.30.2015 | College
Kyle David Anderson

When students take that leap to travel, they expect nothing less than a life-enhancing transformation. It's a tall order, but not one educators or administrators need feel anxious about meeting. Given the nature of such threshold experiences and the new worlds they lead into, students are practically bound for growth.

You Think You're Cold? Here's What It's Like To Live In Siberia

Quora | Posted 11.30.2015 | World

Oh, there is a lot of fun in Siberia actually! You can intrigue against the tsar, try to make a revolution, and after that you can get a free house and a job in the mines! Just kidding. I lived in Siberia for more than 19 years. I finished high school and university in Omsk, a big city in southwestern Siberia.

The 10 Best Places To Travel In January

PureWow | Posted 11.30.2015 | Travel

You planned Thanksgiving. You're hosting Christmas. You deserve a vacation, dammit. Here, 10 terrific places to go when January hits and you're ready to get the hell out of Dodge.

The Best Cyber Monday Airfare Sales

Travelzoo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Travel

It's Cyber Monday, and with it has come some of the most aggressive fare sales we will see all year. Our Deal Experts have been tracking the sales for weeks now and got up early to pick the best of the best to show our members.

7 Things I Learned On My 673-Mile Bike Ride

Todd VanDuzer | Posted 11.30.2015 | Travel
Todd VanDuzer

I remember coming up with the idea of the trip only a couple weeks in advance. And then all too soon, I booked my flight, shipped my bike, and made my way to San Francisco.

127 Things to Pack When Taking a Year-Long Trip Around the World

How Far From Home | Posted 11.30.2015 | Travel
How Far From Home

Embarking on a long-term trip is both exciting and daunting. It takes a lot of planning ahead, calculating things like budgets and the money you have in various currencies, and pushing the boundaries of your suitcase (and own willpower), in order to have everything sorted for a year-long journey around the world.

'I Want To See It Before It Changes' Is The Wrong Reason To Travel To Cuba

Nicki Fleischner | Posted 11.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Nicki Fleischner

The next time you see a Cuba news story or photo shoot that chooses to use yet another picture of an old car, remember it's more than the cool "caught-in-time" beauty of Havana -- it's somebody's lived reality and daily hustle.

Celebrating the Ghosts of the L Train

Tom Falco | Posted 11.30.2015 | New York
Tom Falco

People have come and gone, but the subway lines are still running, on the same routes on the same tracks, among all those ghosts of happy times past.

10 International Cuisine Spots From Around the Globe

College Tourist | Posted 11.30.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

Ecuador's food is as delicious as the terrain is beautiful. Almuerzo (lunch) usually includes a soup, main dish with rice, meat, and (if you're lucky) some sort of vegetable. If you don't have the opportunity to stay, or at least dine, with a local family in Ecuador, there are a few restaurants, markets and coffee shops that will do the trick.

Here's Your Checklist for a Great Week in Toronto

College Tourist | Posted 11.30.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

While Tim Hortons isn't a landmark, per say, it is a coffee shop you have to visit while in Toronto. And you'll have no problem finding one, because much like Starbucks in the US, Tim Hortons are everywhere in Toronto.

Fabulous Food in Cleveland? Yep, Cleveland.

Mark DeCarlo | Posted 11.29.2015 | Travel
Mark DeCarlo

Cleveland, Ohio. Rarely at the top of "Bucket List" travel destinations, the birthplace of Superman- according to the life-size exhibit in the bagga...

Meeting My Future Daughter-In-Law's Family For The First Time

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 11.29.2015 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

I went to Hong Kong for more personal reasons -- to attend the 92nd birthday party of my future daughter-in-law's maternal grandmother. A week is a long time to be among 'strangers' -- people I had never met and whose culture, heritage, customs and, in some cases, language -- I do not share.

The Isle of Sark Is Really As Majestic As It Sounds

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 11.30.2015 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

You're right off the coast of Normandy, a speck of land in the cold waters of the Channel between France and England. A mere 25 miles west of the Cherbourg Peninsula of France, and 80 miles south of the British coast. A steep-sided and car-free paradise.

11 Ways Hawaii Feels Like A Foreign Country

The Huffington Post | Chloe Fox | Posted 11.27.2015 | Travel

From the moment you land in Hawaii, things just feel different. While Hawaii has been a state since 1959, it has always been a distinctly exotic desti...

Terrorism and the Family -- A Thanksgiving Day Reflection

Marlo Thomas | Posted 11.25.2015 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

We work so hard every day to build and sustain a tribe around us -- of relatives, of friends, of colleagues -- that we can't help but feel that unity threatened when a tragedy like Paris occurs.

An Insider's Look at Germany

College Tourist | Posted 11.25.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

With Oktoberfest, the Berlin Wall, and beautiful cathedrals in every city, Germany is the perfect spot for any college traveler. Filled with culture and treasures found off the beaten path, Germany has plenty to enjoy, and with an insider's help, you can experience it all.

11 Things to Know Before You Go to Morocco

College Tourist | Posted 11.25.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

Morocco will easily become one of your favorite trips simply because it's so different from most other destinations. You don't want to miss out on the incredible culture, impressive landscapes and that amazing desert sky!

Why You Should Fix What Isn't Broken: My Charge to You to Study Abroad

Avelist | Posted 11.25.2015 | College

Living overseas shattered my routine; it fixed what I did not even know was broken. Here are 4 ways living abroad has liberated me.

Where You Should Study Abroad Based on Your Personality

Avelist | Posted 11.25.2015 | College

There's another reason why people travel, and it's intrinsic to the act of tearing oneself from familiar comforts to experience something else, something new. And in this newness, we hope to learn about ourselves.

Supergirl, Please Fix My Computer

Greg Schwem | Posted 11.25.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

With the holidays approaching, it seems a perfect time for Supergirl to perform some task so spectacular that it meets my "thank God you're here," criteria. How about this?

Vacation Trend: Slow Travel for Families Living in the Fast Lane

Elevate Destinations | Posted 11.25.2015 | Travel
Elevate Destinations

The demand from families looking for time out, time to talk with their kids, and for spouses to reconnect with each other, is on the rise. Many parents have conceded the traditional family dinner -- everyone is on their own schedule.

Being in Paris During the Attacks Won't Stop Me From Travelling

College Tourist | Posted 11.25.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

Never once in my life did I think I would hear an actual explosion, nor did I expect to be in walking distance of a terrorist attack. No one ever plans for these things, nor are you ever really prepared. My experience in Paris reshaped the way I look at studying abroad. In no way will it stop me from traveling, but it will make go about it in a different way.

Neat Freaks, Rejoice! Things Packed Practically For 5 Kinds Of Vacations

Posted 11.25.2015 | Travel

If your secret vice is trolling Things Organized Neatly and rearranging your sock drawer for optimum sock retrieval, chances are you’ve elevated vac...

Finding the Upside in the Downside

Susan Perloff | Posted 11.24.2015 | Travel
Susan Perloff

Are we having fun yet? Yes, because we choose to. We're still on vacation, with cell phones, calendars and responsibilities still at home. We have learned to appreciate the upside of the downside.