Miles Young is a freelance writer, traveler, tech geek and finger skateboard enthusiast.
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By Miles Young | Travel Duder | February 20, 2015
Are you looking for an extraordinary way to spend your vacation this 2015? If you are tired of spending hours at a time in a plane just to get to your vacation destination outside the country, then there are some alternatives that you can choose from – and you don’t even have to leave the country. Get ready to have a lot of fun with these unusual travel ideas in Canada for you this 2015!
Make your way to the Vancouver Aquarium for an overnight trip with your entire family. The aquarium features a night of exciting exploration of the aquarium’s lab where you can see a variety of anemones, sea urchins, and starfish. For the sleepover, you …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | February 16, 2015
Afraid of germs or just want the very cleanest of the clean for your hotel? You don’t have to break the bank, and you don’t have to limit yourself to hotel chains to get the guaranteed cleanest stay in Rochester. Below are five places that offer clean rooms for every price and every traveler.
Rochester Airport Microtel
When looking for a budget stay, the Rochester Airport Microtel in Chili, New York, is almost always praised by travelers for its cleanliness. In fact, the Microtel brand has a history of good reviews. In 2012, Consumer Reports highlighted them as the best budget hotel chain in the country. Nestled in a safe neighborhood just outside the airport, this hotel will cost you …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | February 15, 2015
Florida is home to a plethora of plants and animals that are hard to find elsewhere in the U.S. No matter where you are in the state, you’re just a short drive from some gorgeous wildlife. There are a variety of fun, affordable animal attractions in the Miami area, from a classic zoo experience to up close and personal opportunities with all kinds of critters.
1. Zoo Miami
Over 2,000 animals live on 300 acres of specialized habitats at Zoo Miami. Visitors can feed the giraffes from an elevated deck, see rare creatures like the Komodo dragon and watch families of monkeys swing and play. The Children’s Zoo includes a Petting Yard with friendly barnyard animals, as well as …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | February 11, 2015
These eco-friendly spots may be off the beaten path, but they’re popping up on people’s radar for their forward-thinking campaigns. From wind farms to paper mills, these small towns are making a big statement in the movement to go green. See why renewable energy and sustainable communities are saving these towns both environmentally and financially.
1. Langdon, North Dakota
Image via Flickr by footloosiety
On the brink of being blown off the map by its fierce winds and a rapidly shrinking population, town leaders came up with a solution to save the town of Langdon. In December 2008, Langdon became a leader in wind turbine power with a $300 million, 106-turbine wind farm; generating enough energy to power 40,000 …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | December 5, 2014
Whether your retirement date is ten years behind you or decades ahead, the time is always right to think about your options for how you spend that hard-earned time free from the rigors of the workplace. Where will you go? The east coast is a fabulous place for retirees. Here’s why.
The east coast is perhaps the richest cultural smorgasbord in the nation. In New England you can breathe air that is full of history from the Revolutionary War, and you can visit such places as Minute Man Historical National Park and the National Heritage Museum. In the south, you can taste history connected to the turbulent Civil War.
If history isn’t your cup of tea, no worries. The …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | December 2, 2014
When planning your next trip to Galveston, get the inside scoop on the city’s best beaches before you arrive. Plan to stay near the best expanses of shoreline. Check out these beaches and the array of hotels nearby including the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Galveston West-Seawall.
Spread out Your Towel on East Beach
Easily one of the most popular beaches in the city, East Beach is also the largest beach in the state. Depending on the time of year, you may find any number of live events underway here. From festive concerts to bikini contests to special events, this beach is the place to see and be seen.
Families, couples, large groups, and singles love this beach …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | December 2, 2014
Whether you enjoy following a pride of lions of the Maasai Mara or love trekking into the deep bushes of Kruger, a trip into Africa’s wilderness is both breathtaking and life-changing. According to official websites, prices for these safari destinations can sometimes be austere, ranging from as low as £2,700 all the way up to £4,000 for a 7-day adventure in the bush. However, people who have experienced these safaris often come back with the feeling of having gone through a life-changing experience.
The following is a selection of 3 safaris recommended by Travel Tipsor that are guaranteed to give you a good bang for your buck:
1) The Zambezi Valley, located in Zambia
This is one of the few …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | November 29, 2014
When traveling to a different country or moving for good, it’s important to take a few things into consideration. Traveling around your own country is a different story, since you don’t have to worry about carrying your passport and other travel documents with you, you’re perfectly eligible to work, study or stay in your own country, and you probably have friends and family dotted around who you can stay with or call upon for help when you’re in trouble. However, once you leave your country, especially if you go to a different continent, things can be very different, and straight away, you have to start thinking of a whole load of new things.
Do you have all the necessary …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | November 26, 2014
If you are heading to Louisville, you are in for a treat. This vibrant city—home of the iconic Kentucky Derby—has plenty to offer both weekend visitors and seasoned travelers. A stay in a downtown hotel is always a possibility, but hotels in South Louisville will often offer a better deal. Flights to Louisville will place you within touching distance of these five South Side hotels.
Four Points by Sheraton, 2850 Crittenden Drive
Image via Flickr by Jeff Kubina
When you stay at the Four Points by Sheraton, not only will you be within a short drive of the airport, you will also be within easy reach of Churchill Downs and Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium—ideal if you are a sports fan. …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | November 21, 2014
Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico, is a wonderful city to visit. One of the oldest cities in America, it combines history, a unique architectural and design style, and a thriving art community, not to mention a diverse collection of tasty eateries. However, staying in Santa Fe can get expensive if you’re not careful. Fortunately, there are many ways to save money, even on deluxe Santa Fe Hipmunk hotels like the Hotel St. Francis, if you know where to look.
How to Save Money on Santa Fe Hotels
1. Be a joiner. You don’t have to be a frequent, corporate traveler to save money using hotel chains’ frequent traveler program. Even casual, vacation travelers will eventually rack up enough …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | November 21, 2014
Jamaica, New York is only 15 miles from Manhattan and part of Queens, one of the largest of the 5 boroughs of New York. Jamaica, close to John F. Kennedy Airport and the New York Subway is popular for business travel and Long Island visitors. Finding hotels in Jamaica near attractions is easy. Additionally, if you want to stay near the airport, you’ll find the Sheraton JFK and the Courtyard by Marriott JFK convenient options. If you are looking to see some off-the-cuff places in Jamaica, stay farther away from Manhattan to find hotel prices that are more affordable.
See Lyndhurst Mansion
Built in 1838 this country villa overlooks the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY. The mansion will take your …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | November 11, 2014
Are you going on a date? Are you in charge of picking a restaurant for the evening?
That may sound like an easy job, but it’s not! Whether you’re meeting someone for the first time or going out with your wife of 20 years, you’re responsible for how the evening unfolds. Will the food be good or bad? Will the service be amazing or rude?
Will your date even want to see you again after you take her to that weird restaurant by the train tracks that looked cool and quirky online but was actually really bad?
These are all good questions. Today, I’m going to share the best 4 tips and tricks anyone can use to find the perfect …
By Miles Young | Travel Duder | November 5, 2014
Arizona’s capital city is not your average town. Named after the beautiful and mythical bird of the same title, Phoenix offers more than its share of intriguing tourist attractions. Here are six of them.
In 1879, several hundred Mormons decided to establish a new settlement. The group headed for Montezuma Creek with 83 wagons and over 1,000 livestock in tow. Before they reached their destination, however, they became stuck near a crevice in a canyon rim. Using pick axes and shovels, the group chipped their way through what later became known as Hole-in-the-Rock. The rock formation still stands today in Phoenix’s Papago Park, a tribute to the hard work and determination of this group of settlers.
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
Image via Flickr by Ken Lund
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 …