Spice up your life! Focus on Thai cuisine!

Spice up your life! Focus on Thai cuisine!

Earlier this year, I spent 3 months living in the cultural heart of southeast Asia in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

During my time there, my fondest memories of the area will perhaps be of the food! Hands down, food is the best way to get to know a different culture and the food of Thailand is rightfully famous! 

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Let's go on safari! Plus, an important update on Day Zero.

Let's go on safari! Plus, an important update on Day Zero.

I'm having some serious travel envy right now.

I have a group of eight adventurous Minnesotans who are finalizing their trip to South Africa, and I could not be more excited for them! 

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Love of Adventure

Love of Adventure

Do you love to travel? Jacob Marek, owner of IntroverTravels, shares his approach to planning a unique travel experience for introverts and extroverts alike. His philosophy is simple: travel should be relaxing, fun, educational and rewarding. No matter what your budget, he says there are many ways to stretch the experience and maximize your pleasure.

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Why Travelers Are Returning to Travel Agents

Why Travelers Are Returning to Travel Agents

Sure it was fun, empowering, often money-saving in the early days, when online travel agencies like Expedia and Travelocity became a presence on the Web for price-shopping, and TripAdvisor, CruiseCritic and Hotels.com became fonts of reviews and opinions.

Now, though, your fingers are a little worn, you have a headache, you are confused about where to go and where to stay and wonder about safety and what else you don't even know to be concerned about. You're drowning in TMI.

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The Most Accurate 2D Map of the World, Ever.

The Most Accurate 2D Map of the World, Ever.

We all know there is some distortion in every flat map; an accurate representation of the spherical earth is an impossible task on a two-dimensional map. Yet this new map, from Japanese designer and artist Hajime Narukawa and his design firm AuthaGraph, just took home Japan’s most coveted design award, aptly (if not creatively) named the Good Design Award.

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Feeling Awe May Be the Secret to Health and Happiness

Feeling Awe May Be the Secret to Health and Happiness

 

The hike, in a narrow box canyon, wasn’t going so well. Stacy Bare and his brother were arguing, for one thing. High sandstone walls hid any view, even from the 6-foot-7 Bare. After a second Army deployment, in Iraq, he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): drinking too much, suicidal and struggling to find his way forward. What am I doing with my life? What does it mean to be at home, a veteran, anyway?

The trail led to a ladder. “We climbed up, still shouting at one another,” recalls Bare. “Then we looked up and wham! 

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As Travel Sites Expand Their Reach, a Trail of Complaints Suggests Online Booking May Not Be the Best Choice for Consumers

As Travel Sites Expand Their Reach, a Trail of Complaints Suggests Online Booking May Not Be the Best Choice for Consumers

Usage of traditional travel agents has been growing for four straight years, according to MMGY, with the fastest growth from time-pressed Millennials, who value convenience and service over playing travel agent on their smartphones and tablets. Travel-industry suppliers are not helping customers, either, with their unbundled pricing and myriad surcharges, which make figuring out what’s the best deal more time-consuming than ever for novices and experienced travelers alike.

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Travel Agent Spotlight: Jacob Marek

Travel Agent Spotlight: Jacob Marek

Focusing on a niche is something we hear about quite often. We have discussed some of what might be considered the typical niches: small ship cruising, luxury travel, all things Disney, vegan travel, etc. Jacob Marek has possibly touched on an underserved niche; introverts. We recently sat down with Jacob to discuss his business and his new-found niche.

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