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Abandoned Coal Mines Of West Virginia

West Virginia has been defined by the coal industry in many ways. While the industry still employs miners all over the state, abandoned coal mines are remnants throughout the area of a booming past. Exploring the abandoned coal mines is highly dangerous, but the hobby...

5Pointz Destruction Delayed Due To VARA Law

5Pointz Destruction Delayed Due To VARA Law I didn't try to veil my opinion in my recent post about 5Pointz closing. I am one of the many who are disappointed in the decision to tear down the graffiti-covered building in favor of a new luxury condo. But before we all continue to mourn the giant art installation of a...

Vegetarian Food On Flights: Doesn't It Just Make Sense?

Vegetarian Food On Flights: Doesn't It Just Make Sense? It's certainly not impossible to travel as a vegetarian, but it's not always easy. Not only do I not eat meat, but I usually try my best to refrain from animal products of any sort. Navigating this kind of diet abroad can be tricky, but airlines could do their part to make...

U.S. National Parks Try New Ways To Appeal To Minorities

U.S. National Parks Try New Ways To Appeal To Minorities Flickr, Sam Garcia for the City Project While U.S. national parks see millions of annual visitors, only 1 in 5 are non-white, and Hispanics (the fastest-growing demographic in America) account for only 1 in 10 visitors. The New York Times just reported about programs hoping...

'Diana, Huntress of Bus Drivers' Takes Vengeance In Ciudad Juarez

We've been hearing about crime near the Mexican border for years now, but one of the most recent spates of crime is a bit different from the rest. A blonde woman who wears all black has allegedly been killing bus drivers who have sexually assaulted female passengers....

Go Outside: Here's Why You Need To Leave The House

Travel is all about leaving your comfort zone. Even to travel locally, you need to go outside. But with the masses becoming exponentially more sedentary and with staycations on the rise, we're collectively becoming a culture of people who just don't get out enough....

School Hero Antoinette Tuff's Next Move: Getting Underprivileged Kids To Travel

School Hero Antoinette Tuff's Next Move: Getting Underprivileged Kids To Travel It was just another day at work for Antoinette Tuff on August 20 when the routine work scene rapidly changed at the hands of a young gunman who intended to murder the students of the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Georgia. Tuff courageously talked to...

Best Places To Visit Civil Rights History In The U.S.

Best Places To Visit Civil Rights History In The U.S. Alves Family, Flickr It has been half a century since the historic March on Washington, when the nation's citizens converged on the capital calling for civil and economic rights for African Americans. To mark the 50th anniversary, we rounded up several great destinations...

Subway Library Opens On Shanghai's Metro Line 2

Subway Library Opens On Shanghai's Metro Line 2 Eduardo M.C., Flickr If libraries can work in airports, why not on a subway line? China Daily reports that a recently launched book borrowing program on Shanghai's Metro Line 2 has been a success. Passengers will be able to select a book at one station, and return it to...

5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens

5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens Flickr, Celine Aussourd In this lull between fun summer TV like "True Blood" and the fall premieres of network television shows, many people have been binge watching the Netflix comedy, "Orange is the New Black." Set at a women's prison in Rockland County, New York, the...

Charity Saving Animals From Illegal Dog Meat Trade In Thailand

Charity Saving Animals From Illegal Dog Meat Trade In Thailand Dog meat for sale in Hanoi (Wikipedia) Thailand has a thriving illegal trade in dog meat. While authorities have been cracking down on it recently, the demand is such that many dogs are stolen off the streets to supply restaurants in Cambodia and China, where the consumption...

First Same-Sex Marriage in New Zealand Takes Place on a Flight

New Zealand recently legalized same-sex marriage and in celebration, Air New Zealand launched a contest that would grant a couple a sky-high wedding ceremony aboard one of their flights. This video documents the wedding of the two women who won the contest, making theirs...

White Rhino Shot As Poaching Increases In Kenya

White Rhino Shot As Poaching Increases In Kenya Joachim Huber A white rhino has been killed by poachers in Nairobi National Park in Kenya, the BBC reports. While it's the first time in six years that a rhino has been killed in the park, unfortunately the poaching of rhinos in Kenya has been on the rise in recent years. ...

At The Aspen Animal Shelter, You Can Rent-A-Pet On Your Vacation

At The Aspen Animal Shelter, You Can Rent-A-Pet On Your Vacation Courtesy of Aspen Animal Shelter If you're a frequent traveler as well as an animal-lover, there are two scenarios that likely describe you: petless and sad about it, or pet-owner, but usually forced to leave it at home or board it. Neither is a happy option, but the...

How Long Does It Take To Paddleboard From Cuba To Florida?

Ben Friberg is a 35 year old musician from Chattanooga, Tennessee who recently became the first person to paddleboard from Cuba to Florida. According to a Reuters interview, Friberg's almost entirely stand-up feat last week was an endeavor to "promote peace and...

What Are The Rules For Breastfeeding On A Plane?

It has happened yet again: a mother breastfeeding on a plane was allegedly treated poorly by an airline staff member. The mother was breastfeeding on an American Airlines flight last month while sitting in a window seat next to her husband. Since American Airlines has...

TSA Giving Veterans Clothing Left At Checkpoints

Thanks to the Clothe a Homeless Hero Act, veterans are now receiving clothing that has been left as airport security checkpoints. The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Kathy Hochul (D–N.Y.) was signed by President Obama in January. Reagan National Airport is the...

What's Making Chinese Travelers So Angry?

Air travel delays in China are becoming epidemic. According to an article published today in Time, only 18 percent of flights departing from Beijing in June took off on time. Chinese travelers are understandably frustrated with this problem, but their collective anger...

Fashion Do's And Don'ts From The TSA

When talking about airport security, we generally focus on what travelers are carrying, not what they're wearing. But thanks to the TSA recently cracking down on passengers' fashion choices, style is now a part of the airport security conversation. Forget regulations on...

Movie Questions SeaWorld's Animal Capitivity Practices

A vacation to SeaWorld may not seem as innocent as it once may have with the release of 'Blackfish.' The documentary explores the case of Tilikum, an orca who killed three people in 2010, while also providing context and information on captive whales in general. Now that...

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