38 of the Best Podcasts to Listen to at Home or While Traveling

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I’m a huge fan of podcasts. I listen to them all the time — in the shower, on the subway, when I’m walking around New York City, and, of course, when traveling. What’s great is there are so many great podcasts to listen to across multiple genres nowadays. I’ve compiled my favorites, and I will […]

Great Things to Do in Canada’s Wonderful Winnipeg

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I asked guest writer Meera Dattani to share some of her favorite things to do in Canada’s little-known, and highly underrated city of Winnipeg. The capital of Manitoba Province, it’s exciting, and one of the most culturally diverse in the country. Winnipeg is best known as the gateway for travelers visiting the Province’s famous polar […]

How to Go Behind the Scenes at the Cathedral of St. John The Divine, NYC

Updated: January 2019 At over 120 years old and the largest Cathedral church in the world, St. John the Divine was on my “explore” to-do list for some time. Over the years, it’s hosted dignitaries such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama. Sting held a concert there for the launch of his […]

Celebrating the NYC Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival

No one would ever mistake Manhattan for being a touchy-feely city. People mostly keep to themselves and the pace can make even the most type – A personality long for a breath. But now and then a holiday comes along and the city softens. Crowds brim with laughter and smiles and the only goal is […]

A Guide to Philadelphia’s Abandoned Prison: Eastern State Penitentiary

‘s Forget Alcatraz, Al Capone Was Here First If you’re like me, fascinated by the criminal mind, fading ruins, and history in its most infamous, Philadelphia’s once abandoned prison Eastern State Penitentiary will make your day. It was Al Capone’s one-time residence and an icon of the world’s early penal system. You may recognize its […]

A Helpful Guide to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx

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I love Manhattan, but when I need a break from the concrete canyons I head to the Bronx and the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). One of the country’s most beautiful historic landmarks, the garden is filled with lush flora, intriguing exhibits, and exciting family-friendly programs and activities. The botanical garden in NYC’s Bronx is […]

Exploring the Yukon’s Mysterious Sternwheeler Graveyard

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I’ve always loved exploring ruins. Something about the tattered remains of a bygone era that fascinates me. I’ve explored lost civilizations such as Machu Picchu, Tikal and Angkor Wat, and smaller, more modern gems such as the infamous Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Most recently, it was the eerie pile of disintegrating boats in the […]

Behind the Scenes of a Rodeo and What Makes Canadian Cowboys Tick

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I don’t think much of him at first. He isn’t big or even that muscular. He just stares at the ground, swaying gently from side to side. What’s so intimidating? He looks up, and I make the mistake of holding his gaze. He doesn’t like that. He doesn’t like that one bit. Instantly, I feel […]

Yes, There is a Human Toe in the Infamous Sourtoe Cocktail (Video)

Drinking the SourToe cocktail from the Sourdough Saloon in Dawson, City

People do the craziest things. Just look at reality television. But who am I to judge?  I joined the ranks of over 74,000 other nut jobs who’ve downed the famous Sourtoe Cocktail in Dawson City. (If you haven’t heard, that’s a whiskey shot garnished with a desiccated human toe.) What can I say? I’m a […]

Dawson City Yukon: Why This Historic Canadian Town is Worth a Visit

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Updated May 2020 Dawson City, Yukon, can’t let go of its past. And for this tiny town less than 200 miles from the Arctic Circle, that’s a good thing. The Gold Rush On a hot August day in 1896, gold was discovered in Yukon swampland that would later be known as Dawson City, and the Klondike […]