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Monday, July 9, 2012

Travel Advice 101: Explore Outside Your Comfort Zone

I was inspired by a midday discussion with my boyfriend over travel strategies and figured I'd share my humble, friendly neighborhood travel blogger advice (just saw the new Spiderman last night - you may have to deal with a few more of these references/puns before the day is out).

My advice is pretty simple: If a location is known for something, it's usually for good reason (except most tourist destinations in South Dakota - a Corn Palace, really?) So, check it out/eat it/drink it up/ and bring some back for me. Ok, you don't have to bring some back for me, personally, but you may want souvenirs for yourself and/or friends.

For example: If you're going to Napa Valley, it wouldn't be advised to go out of your way to skip the wineries. In Cairo? I hear there are some pretty cool ancient wonders of the world there. Or, when in Rome, eat the pasta, per favore.

I bring this up because there are a lot of enthusiasts out there of various crafts, hobbies, collectibles. But even a movie buff would probably enjoy a trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland - while still being able to enjoy where such movies were filmed like Happy Gilmore, Deer Hunter, Major League and Christmas Story.

My point is - sure be a connoisseur of wine or beer, an expert on mini-airplanes, a collector of Hot Wheels.

But, seriously, don't limit yourself to just these things when planning or experiencing a trip. There's so much more out there. And, who knows? You might find another hobby/interest along the way.

For inspiration, a list of some Northeast states and the things they're known for. Maybe it matches up to your interests, but even if it doesn't - check it out:

Maine - Rocky Beaches, Lobster, Tracking down Stephen King, Acadia National Park, LL Bean
New Hampshire - Hiking, Hampton Beach, No Taxes
Vermont - Breweries, Dairy Products (Got Ben and Jerry's?), The Outdoors, Weed, Champ the lake monster
New York - Finger Lakes/Long Island Wine, Apples, NYC Hot Dog Stands, Buffalo Wings, Niagra Falls
Massachusetts - Heavy Metal Shows, Art Museums/Inspirations, Whale Watches, Massholes, Cape Cod
Connecticut - Old Colonial Ships, Really Big Casinos
Rhode Island - Oceanside Mansions, Legal Prostitution, Colonial History
Pennsylvania - Milk Chocolate - do you need another reason?
New Jersey - Jersey Shores, Nude Beach, GTL, Theme Parks, Taffy


Blogger Chris SA said...

Definitely you should eat local wherever you are. It makes travel more unique and meaningful.

Chris from

August 7, 2012 at 11:42 PM 

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