Miles Young is a freelance writer, traveler, tech geek and finger skateboard enthusiast.
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By Miles Young | Travel Duder | October 16, 2014
It’s probably the pristine beaches, sunny climate, and stunning areas of natural beauty that make Tampa Bay one of Florida’s hottest getaway spots. A host of cheap eats, discount hotels, and a well-connected nearby airport also help to make this pretty harbor area a hit with the budget conscious traveler. We reveal five exciting entertainment ideas that won’t break the bank on your Tampa Bay vacation.
Florida Botanical Gardens
With over 110 acres of cultivated and natural grounds, the Florida Botanical Gardens is a tropical oasis that feels a million miles away from the glittering lights of downtown. From culinary herbs and ceremonial plants to succulents and palms, there are thousands of species of plants available to view. Visitors will …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | October 13, 2014
Phoenix is one city in the Western United States with sunny weather almost year round. If you’re heading to Phoenix for vacation, use this guide to help you plan your trip ahead of time.
What to Do in Phoenix
The iconic Route 66 runs through Phoenix and is a must see when you are in the area. When traveling along the route, visitors will catch a glimpse of many iconic small towns with retro charm including Oatman and Hackberry, which can make you feel like you’re taking a trip back in time to America’s past.
For golf enthusiasts, Phoenix is emerging as one of the top golf destinations in the country. If relaxation and pampering are more your …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | October 1, 2014
If you’re still working on your summer plans, consider a road trip through the South. Whether you fly into one city and out another – renting a car and stopping along the way – or if you’re nearby and just want to see what’s around you, there are plenty of cities to check out in Tennessee, Georgia, and the like. Check out our suggested itinerary for your drive this summer.
Our road trip begins in Nashville, which is usually the first stop on any vacation for country music lovers. From the Grand Ole Opry to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Music City gets its name for a reason.
Before you visit, check out who will be in …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | September 29, 2014
5 Underappreciated Attractions in Salt Lake City
When many people picture Salt Lake City, they think of a destination only suited for outdoor enthusiasts. However, there are many attractions throughout the city that would appeal to a variety of people. The following are some attractions that don’t get as much recognition as they should.
City Creek Center
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City Creek Center is one of the best shopping centers in the city. This complex, which recently received the “Best Retail Development in the Americas” award, has a running creek, waterfalls, fountain shows, and a fully retractable glass roof. The center also houses 110 restaurants and stores including Gap, Sephora, Johnny Rockets, and The Cheesecake Factory. Additionally, …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | September 17, 2014
Columbus, the capital of Ohio, has a diverse economy based on steel, energy, retail, education, banking, and fashion. It is also home to Ohio State University and Fortune 500 companies such as Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, White Castle, Wendy’s, and Big Lots. With being packed and prepared for an awesome vacation to Columbus here are a few things you should plan on seeing while in Cowtown.
1. Visit the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden
The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus is 88 acres of indoor and outdoor gardens with amazing horticultural displays. Each season the exhibits are changed so visitors are treated to wonderful new selections, especially during the summer. Keep an eye out for the …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | September 12, 2014
Ah, it’s that time of the year again. You’ve busted your rear ends, pinched your pennies, and saved enough to take the family on a vacation. “Yay, Mom and Dad!” the kids rejoice — through a text from their mobile phones, of course.
Whether you’re flying to your destination or are road-tripping to it, you’ll want these handy mobile tools to keep you prepared and protected. They could mean the difference between your family experiencing a nightmare vacation or a dream getaway.
TripIt: Keep Your Vacation Plans Organized
It’s estimated that about 65 percent of Americans own a smartphone and 20 percent of all mobile users have Android mobile phones. People possessing these devices can perform just about every …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | August 28, 2014
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 …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | August 22, 2014
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.
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 …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | August 8, 2013
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 …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | July 12, 2013
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 …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | July 10, 2013
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 …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | July 9, 2013
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 …