If you could go anywhere this year, where would it be? I don’t know what your answer would be, but according to Travel and Leisure, the best city in the world to visit this year is San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It’s about 3 hours north of Mexico City.
The top city in the U.S.?
I haven’t always been the biggest reader. But as of late, it’s been something I’ve been doing a lot more of. Whether it’s to learn, to escape, or for something else, I like a good book.
And if you spend a lot of your time in a plane, train, or automobile (audio versions may be best for the latter), a good book should always be towards the top of the list when you’ve got time to kill. So if you’re looking for a good read or two, this list is one to bookmark:
I’d like to think I run a pretty good travel blog. And if you’re a regular, you probably do too.
But as much as it sucks for someone like me who is trying to get a leg up in the travel blog world, I have to admit that there are a lot of good travel blogs out there. And I love reading them. The travel stories they tell, the tips they give. The good ones keep me motivated.
With that, here are some of my favorites:
With recent terrorist attacks in Manchester, London, Paris, Germany, Stockholm, and elsewhere, it’s no surprise many people are worried about travel to Europe. I mean, it seems like every headline you see is about some lunatic blowing themselves up, driving a vehicle into a crowd of people, or the like.
Plus, the U.S. State Department recently put out a travel warning for all of Europe.
Sometimes it feels like you have to do a reverse mortgage on your house (does anyone really know what that is, btw?) just to take a vacation! Maybe that’s why many Americans don’t take all of their allotted vacation time they get from work. Seriously, though. Vacations are expensive. And if you don’t do your research, planning, and saving beforehand, it could be devastating to your credit score.
That’s a headline you probably don’t read every day. So apparently a woman had a three night stand (oddly, I doubt she was standing much) with some dude named Michael and sued the hotel she stayed at demanding the full name of Michael. Why? She got pregnant, had a kid, and now wants child support from him.
Mike Rowe, the former host of one of my all-time favorite shows, “Dirty Jobs” (and current host of one of my favorite podcasts, “The Way I Heard It”) recently took to Facebook to weigh in on the United Airlines fiasco after a fan asked him about it.
By now, most have probably heard of the situation United Airlines is in. In case you haven’t, let me sum up what happened for you: a passenger on a flight from Chicago to Louisville was forcibly removed from the plane because the airline overbooked the flight and no passenger was willing to give up their seat for a pretty hefty stipend.
At first, the airline offered the passengers a reported $400 voucher and a hotel stay. When that didn’t work, they upped their offer to $800. And when that didn’t work they randomly selected four passengers to give up their seats. Three did, albeit, probably begrudgingly. The fourth passenger didn't give up his seat. He said he had to be back in Louisville the next day for work.
Security ended up coming onto the plane, threw him across the aisle, and, literally, dragged him off the plane. Unfortunately for United, it’s 2017, and everyone records everything with their cell phones.
Since then, United has apologized. But too little too late. The airline has lost hundreds of millions in market cap, and now people want to boycott the airline.
However, there are certain things that still need to be talked about. With that, the following are among my observations:
The country is currently in the middle of a whiskey revolution. Sales have skyrocketed in recent years, and the thirst for all kinds of whiskey doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
Under the umbrella that is whiskey, one of the most popular kinds is bourbon. But bourbon’s cousin, rye whiskeys, aren’t too far behind. The main difference between a bourbon and a rye whiskey is the grain used to make it. Bourbon is made from at least 51% corn. A rye is made from - not surprisingly - at least 51% rye grain.
So if you are into bourbon but have never tried a rye, or just curious about how they taste, I’d start with these three:
Sometimes it’s almost impossible not to check a bag, like, for example, when you’re going on a long trip. I mean, that’s certainly what I do when I plan on being out of town for at least a week. It's only natural.
But, ultimately, the less you have to check a bag, the better. Why? There are several reasons: