Best Places To Watch The Solar Eclipse

On August 21st, a total solar eclipse is set to be visible in much of the United States and there are going to be some places that are better than others to take in all the action. It might only last a few minutes, but a solar eclipse of this magnitude hasn’t been seen since the early 20th century. With handfuls of locations that will have prime viewing of the event, some cities are even having parties and specially designated viewing areas so that you can enjoy the view with friends and family. If you’re not opposed to traveling to another city to get a better view, these American destinations are your best bet. (more…)

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Travel Expert Secrets

The more often you travel, the more tips and tricks you learn along the way in terms of having a good trip. Some things truly come with experience, so there are always going to be things that you won’t know until the situation arises! For some of the world’s most frequent fliers, there are things that they know to do from experience of flying so often. Here are just a few of the travel expert secrets that frequent travellers swear by! (more…)

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How To Live Like A Local On Vacation

One of the best things about vacations is having the ability to choose what your experience will be like for the most part. You can alway book a resort but if you want to get up close & personal with the culture, the best way would be to travel like a local as much as you can. There are plenty of ways to do this! No matter where you go, you’ll have the chance to get much closer to the local culture in more ways than one. (more…)

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Art Museums You Must See

No matter what city you travel to, you’ll be able to visit one of the many art museums that do an excellent job of capturing the local culture in a visual way. It truly depends on what kind of art you like personally, but there’s a lot of history that can be learned from any of these incredible art museums. Here are just a few around the world you have to see to believe.

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The World’s Coolest Streetcars

There are many modes of transportation that exist all over the world but one of the most interesting just might be the streetcar. Not every city has them, but those that do have a combination of historic cars with vintage flair of futuristic cars that bring a modern edge to getting around – not to mention look cool in the process. Whether you rise then once or use that as the main way you get around a particular city, they make for cool photos just the same. Often times, they’re one of the most reliable and speedy ways to get around a city. Here are just a few of the world’s coolest streetcars. (more…)

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Why New Orleans Is So Much More Than Mardi Gras

As we get halfway through 2017, it’s important to think about the countries and cities that are absolute “must-sees” for the rest of the year and leading into 2018. One such place is the beautiful city of New Orleans. Full of history, art, music and culture, it’s been one of the most interesting destinations for decades – if not centuries. Here are just a few reasons why you should visit New Orleans in 2017!

The Food

If nothing else, the biggest draw to this amazing city has got to be the food. No matter what you’re into, you’re likely to find it in New Orleans. That being said, Creole and Cajun food pull from a lot of different influences to create the cuisine the city and Louisiana lowlands are known for. Try staples like Gumbo and Jambalaya as well as Shrimp Etouffee and crab cakes. It’s pretty obvious that New Orleans is a seafood town, with plenty of the most famous dishes incorporating fish in some way, including dishes like fried catfish and grilled tuna. You can still find other options like Cajun or fried chicken and some pretty great steak depending on where you go, and don’t forget to indulge in some down home desserts like king cakes and beignets when to end off your meal. Many of the restaurants in New Orleans offer “to go” cups so you can enjoy your cocktails and local brews on the go as well.

The Music

New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz music, and as long as you’re in the city you’re bound to be in the midst of it! Whether it’s venues all over the city (many of them found on lively Bourbon St.) or street performers anywhere in the city, you’re bound to hear some of the best jazz music you’ve ever heard.

The Folklore

New Orleans is known as America’s most haunted city and has some pretty cool folklore wrapped up in its streets. Whether it’s voodoo or ghost stories, there are even dedicated tours for those that are feeling particularly brave! Ride around the city and see buildings and other locations that help bring these stories to life.

The Festivals

One of the world’s biggest parties happens in New Orleans each and every spring. Most people know Mardi Gras for the music, food, parades, beads, dancing, and fun that it brings, but there are plenty of other festivals that happen in the city as well. It might be in your best interest to find one that intrigues you the most and plan your trip around it. Think Essence Fest, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Buku Music and Art Project, Beignet Festival and so much more as just a few of the things that might bring you to the city.

The Bayous

There have been plenty of movies that have perfectly captured the haunting beauty of the bayous of Louisiana, and it’s something that anyone visiting should see for themselves. There are plenty of bayou tours that can take you around to see them. It’s so relaxing you might want to do it a second time.

The Architecture

The architecture in this city is simply stunning. With much of the buildings in vintage gothic and colonial style, it feels like going back in time. This is particularly true in the French Quarter, and there are tons of gorgeous mansions, venues, and gardens for you to see and admire while you’re here.

No matter what brings you to New Orleans, start your trip off right by bringing along your Rise Gear luggage system. Your clothes will thank you! Happy Travels!

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The Top Hotel Alternatives

When you travel, one of your biggest expenses is naturally going to be your accommodations. Most people’s first travel experiences involve hotels, but there are so much more options on the market than that. No matter what your budget is, there are tons of ways that you can stay in nearly any destination around the world. You might choose a particular option for budget reasons, while another might be for the convenience and another might just be a quirky and interesting place to stay. In any event, these are just a few of the top hotel alternatives there are out there. It might not come with room services, but there are plenty of other great features to each of these options for top hotel alternatives. (more…)

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World’s Best Amusement Parks

Summer is the perfect time of year to head to some of the world’s amusement parks. Whether you’re there for the rides or the food, amusement parks all over the globe are some of the most family friendly attractions in any destination. When you’re visiting with your family along for the ride, finding an activity that works for everyone can be extremely tricky. With amusement parks, it’s easier than ever to keep everyone engaged no matter what they’re into. Here are just a few of the world’s best amusement parks (more…)

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World’s Best Airport Restaurants

No matter where you go in the world,  you’ll have access to a whole new set of food options than what’s available in your home town. For all the culinary delights that exist around the world, you can sometimes get some pretty incredible food without even having to leave the air terminal. Airport eateries are sometimes the first place we get to experience the food of a particular region, or it might be an amazing fusion from other parts of the world. Either way, airports are home to restaurants with some of the most delicious menus, world renowned chefs and plenty of awards to back them up. Here are just a few of the world’s best airport restaurants. (more…)

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