This month I embarked on a week-long road trip throughout the state of Ohio, from Cleveland to Columbus. In May, I’ll be recapping the journey, with a special focus on Amish Country, where I spent quality time with local Amish residents and tracked down some of my long-lost Amish relatives. (Really! Stay tuned.)
I recently added a bunch of new pics to the “Quirky Bonus Photos” album on my Facebook page. During my travels I often come across quirky sights that aren’t necessarily worthy of a full blog post here on the site, but they’re cool enough to share. Stuff like a fiberglass dinosaur shaped like a ketchup bottle; urinals that dispense candy; and pics of the weirdest-flavored soda you’ve ever seen (we’re talking flavors like buffalo wing and sweet corn.)
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Here’s what I was reading this month from around the travel world.
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This month I started a Cool Chicago series focusing on the amazing sights and activities here in the Windy City. One of the coolest places tourists can visit is the Green Mill cocktail lounge, a century-old jazz club where the city’s legendary gangsters like Al Capone used to spend time. Capone used to smuggle in alcohol during Prohibition, and you can still sit in his old booth today and listen to the sounds of the 1940s performed by live musicians.
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Paul rounds up a collection of inspiring travel quotes from big-time philosophers and thinkers like the Dalai Lama and St. Augustine. Noted linguist Mark Twain appears twice and provides my favorite words of wisdom on the list: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” So many disagreements could be settled if people got outside of their bubbles and exposed themselves to other cultures and ways of thinking.
Cole and Adela of Four Jandals have decided to take a break in their relationship, which can be tricky when you’re blogging partners. In this revealing post, Cole explains how things happened and describes the future of the site and his own travel plans, and the comments section reveals an outpouring of support. Kudos for being open and honest with readers during a tough time.
Kate decided to adventure beyond Midtown and Times Square during an NYC visit and discovered some of the city’s coolest neighborhoods south of 14th Street. That’s really where the action is, in places like Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side, and even Little Italy. The month I got to live in the Village in 2002 while working in Soho remains one of the coolest times of my life. Check out her post for pics and stories about Anderson Cooper and moist meats.
As much as I love urban life, nothing is better than getting up close with nature and wildlife. In support of Earth Day, CNN put together a list of the top places to see wildlife in the United States, including Beartooth Highway, Platte River, and Gaylor Lakes Trail in Yosemite. Plus, my personal favorite wildlife-watching spot: Mount Washburn in Yellowstone National Park, where I saw grizzly bears.
Robert tackles the issue of war and how his global travels have influenced his perspective, making his point through the example of the tragic Boston marathon bombing incident. I don’t have much to add since I agree with his viewpoint, except to echo the immortal words of Boy George: “War, war is stupid.”
Terrific opinion piece from Pam Mandel, who takes a look at the disturbing trend of travelers creating Kickstarter campaigns to fund their vacations. While many Kickstarter campaigns are noble, a growing number are of the “I don’t want to go to work and earn the funds myself, so you should just give me money instead” variety, which is offensive to those of us struggling to make travel happen on our own.