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Miles Young

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Miles Young is a freelance writer, traveler, tech geek and finger skateboard enthusiast.




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  • 4 of Chicago’s Coolest Tourist Destinations

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    With over 2,500,000 residents, and 35,000 tourists visiting each year, Chicago is never a quiet town. The Windy City is home to a melting pot of cultures with plenty of activities and events to keep visitors entertained. Vacations can often feel like they fly by, so here are some of Chicago’s ABC’s to get a well-rounded experience during your trip.

    A is for Art

    Chicago is home to a well-known art scene. The Art Institute of Chicago holds one of the largest collections of Impressionist paintings and several famous pieces such as Water Lilies by Claude Monet and American Gothic by Grant Wood. Chicago’s Shakespeare Theater at the Navy Pier is home to the playwright’s classics as well as many …


  • 6 of the Best Beachside Bars in St. Petersburg Beach

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    From spring breakers to people wanting to relax and grab a nice drink, St. Pete Beach has a beachside bar for everyone. A surefire way to find the one for you is to cruise the aptly named “Miracle Mile,” which takes you along the coast and offers a variety of watering holes. In case you can’t decided, however, check out these hotspots. 

    Jimmy B’s

    Voted by many publications as the best beach bar in Florida, Jimmy B’s is the quintessential destination for drinks in St. Pete Beach. The crowd features both tourists and locals alike for you to find an interesting conversation if you desire. There’s also live music every night of the week featuring some of the best local …


  • On the Road: Camping Out for Your Next Motorcycle Tour

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    For most people, camping and motorcycle tours don’t often go hand in hand. You might instead associate camping with loading up a car full of supplies for yourself and your family that includes everything from tents that sleep eight people to coolers of drinking water. However, camping out on your next motorcycle tour might be easier and safer than you think. By following a few simple tips, you can sleep outside in comfort and safety while you enjoy the tour at the same time.

     

     

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    One of the biggest advantages to camping out on a motorbike tour is that it saves you a great deal of money. Since the distance you’re traveling has a lot …


  • 6 of the Strangest Places in the World

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    Throughout the world, there are several places that people will find strange. From a haunted house to a mystery body of water, many people travel thousands of miles to view these unusual places. Here are six of the strangest places in the world that you might want to visit.

    1. The Winchester Mystery House

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    The Winchester Mystery House, in San José, Calif., is a large mansion that is about 24,000 square feet with 160 rooms. The house, built to confuse evil spirits inside the home, is also known as “the House Built by the Spirits” because of this fact.  

    To add to its uniqueness, this home has secret passageways, fake doors, and weird stairwells. If …


  • What Does It Take to Run a Cruise Ship?

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    Majestic and larger-than-life, cruise ships tower over humans like high-tech floating resorts. People choose to cruise because it offers luxury, variety and affordability. But, what do cruises cost the cruise liners? Here’s a look at what it takes to keep a cruise ship running.

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    As large as a giant plane, holding as many people as an opera theater, the largest cruise ships need continual maintenance. As soon as the entire ship is painted it is time to begin painting it, again. As soon as every room is clean the guests have their “Service Required” signs out, again.

    Never complete but always a work in progress, these floating cities require a crew of 200 just to meet …


  • 6 Foods to Avoid on Your Summer Road Trip

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    The luggage is loaded in the trunk, the alarm system is set, and the kids are jumping up and down with excitement. You’re about to embark on vacation but you won’t be flying. Rather, you’ll spend hours in the car, driving to your summertime getaway.

    Everyone is bound to get hungry along the way. Per typical road trip protocol, you’ll probably be hitting a fast food joint to save time and money. Before you devour that grub, make sure it’s not one of these horrible excuses for food.

    1. McDonald’s Deluxe Breakfast

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    You’ve gotten an early morning start on your road trip and McDonalds’ golden arches are in clear sight. The Deluxe Breakfast is screaming …



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McDonald's Restaurant, Miles City

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You've gotten an early morning start on your road trip and McDonalds' golden arches are in clear sight. The Deluxe Breakfast is screaming your name. Travelers beware! Indulge in this array of carbohydrates (biscuit, hash browns, hotcakes, syrup) and you'll be sending your blood sugar skyrocketing. With 1,360 calories, 64 grams of fat, 160 grams of carbs, and 46 grams of sugar, you'd be better off eating an entire package of cookies.

2. Dairy Queen Chicken Strip Basket

Just as if fried chicken fingers and fries weren't terrible enough for the human body, Dairy Queen takes it one step further. This basket claims everything that is wrong with America's fast food cuisine. With 6 deep-fried chicken strips, a mound of fries, a huge piece of Texas toast, and a pool of gravy. You would be inhaling 57 grams of fat and 1,370 calories. You can also be guaranteed greasy fingers all over the steering wheel.

3. Subway Double Meatball Marinara with Cheese

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It's surprisingly the calorie chart-topper of this gluttonous cuisine list. Eat a foot-long sub filled with twenty meatballs as well as multiple slices of cheese and you've almost maxed out the average suggested daily calorie intake. This 1,720 –calorie messy treat is not what spokesman Jared had in mind when promoting weight loss with Subway sandwiches.

4. Burger King Triple Whopper with Cheese

You're just asking for an artery-clogging dilemma with this one. A burger bun is filled with three greasy patties, cheese, and tons of mayo. Not only will it make most people sick with its 1200 calories and 80 grams of fat, it'll also make an absolute mess in those used cars at DriveTime.com you're testing out for your roadtrip. If you want to get ketchup all over your new car and feel nauseous, this burger is your sure bet.   

5. Quizno's Tuna Melt

You think you've made a healthy decision by opting for a sandwich shop over a fast food drive-thru. Then, you mistakenly believe that choosing tuna for your large sandwich is wise. Don't be fooled by this mayonnaise-filled blend. Loaded on toasty white bread with melted cheese creates a whopping 1,460-calorie and 27 grams of saturated fat road trip meal.  

6. Hardee's Monster Thickburger

The burger uses the word "monster" in its name. That should be your first sign. Yet, it's every meat-lover's dream. You should resist this feast of two patties, three slices of cheese, four bacon strips, and mound of mayo. Loaded with 1,300 calories, 93 grams of fat, and 2,860 mg of sodium, you'll be holding your belly as you painfully drive to your destination.

Turning a blind eye to poor food choices will only cause sick stomachs and regret on your summer road trip. Either pack a cooler of healthy choices or read up on your favorite fast food nutritional facts before you get into the car. 

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