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Stuart Jameson, Writer at ViaTravelers

With over 70 countries under his belt, Stuart is a well-seasoned globetrotter hailing from the UK, now living in Madison, Wisconsin. After traveling the world for seven years (including a hitchhike from Germany to Cambodia) his current mission is to visit all 50 states before turning 50 - something he's going to fail to do if he keeps collecting board games.

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One of the pleasures of writing about a beautiful place is how much it inspires you to travel, and Mackinac Island is a prime example. Although under four square miles of land in Lake Huron, sandwiched between Michigan’s lower and upper peninsula, I can guarantee you’ll want to go after reading this article for less …

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As part of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador, Cotopaxi is one of the world’s tallest active stratovolcanos. It’s also a leading outdoor adventure brand, taking its name from the impressive conical peak. This is our full Cotopaxi Allpa backpack review for the 28L size in orange. Cotopaxi offers an equally impressive collection of gear and …

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After traveling through the United States, Central America, and South America, I returned to Europe in the summer of 2012. Sitting alone in a bar in Berlin, I contemplated where my nose would take me next. In the years previous, both my parents had passed, and I had subsequently quit two jobs and sold just …

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Water. It’s quite important, isn’t it? We humans are made of around 55%-60% of the stuff, and we need to keep topping it up; otherwise, we’ll shrivel like a dried prune and expire unpleasantly. If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere you have access to clean drinking water, achieving your daily recommended intake of H2O …

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Cincinnati: the city of many nicknames. Whether you refer to it as Cincy, The ‘Nati, The Queen City, The Queen of the West, or The City of Seven Hills, one thing is for sure – there’s never a dull moment here! Rich in history, art, culture, food, and outdoor activities, Cincinnati offers visitors a lot. …

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Michigan is famous for many things. Cars, music, fishing, breakfast cereals, cherries, and arguing with Wisconsin over which state looks more like a mitten. But with shorelines on four of the Great Lakes, the Wolverine state boasts an enviable outdoor scene and some of the finest natural attractions in the US. Spread across two peninsulas, …

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Flannel shirts, long hair, and distorted guitars. That’s what pops into my head whenever I think of Seattle. And perhaps a bit of rain, too. And maybe some coffee. But there’s much more to this bustling city than grunge music, wet weather, and Starbucks. These are the best things to do in Seattle. Of all …

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From world-famous landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge to stunning natural wonders like Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon, the USA is overflowing with bucket-list destinations. It wasn’t just Hollywood movies that made me want to visit when I was a kid, though that is how I discovered some cool places to …

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If you ask any traveler for a list of their bucket list countries, I can almost guarantee Japan will be somewhere near the top. One of the finest vacation destinations on Earth, there are hundreds of things to see and do in this remarkable nation, and you could spend a lifetime going through them all. …

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Omaha, Nebraska, may be the most underrated city in the Midwest. Located on the Nebraska-Iowa border along the banks of the Missouri River, the city sits at the foot of the Loess Hills. It welcomes visitors who enjoy homestyle cuisine, midwestern scenery, American history, and the College World Series. Famous for being on the pioneering …

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Wisconsin is affectionately known as the “dairy state,” but there’s much more to this often-overlooked Midwestern location than delicious cheese, ice cream, and beer! Aside from some seriously quirky attractions, world-class golf resorts, and quintessentially Midwestern cities, it’s an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise perfect for anyone enjoying the fresh air. Wisconsin has an abundance of state …

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The first time I visited Los Angeles, I drove a convertible Mustang. Having rented the car in San Francisco and slalomed down the US 101 (considered one of the most scenic drives in the world), I eventually finished my trip in San Diego and Southern California. It had been a liberating and unforgettable experience – …

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There are tons of things to see and do in Rochester, Minnesota. Sights like Silver Lake Park, the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, Peace Plaza, the Quarry Hill Nature Center, and the Rochester Art Center. But the insatiable traveler will always be looking for something more. Thankfully, Rochester has the strategic advantage of being just a …

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Berlin is one of my all-time favorite cities. Having suffered a turbulent history, it has risen from the ashes to become a hip, vibrant, and multicultural metropolis – while retaining a smaller town’s laid-back feel. Places that spend time under the boot of suppression develop a bottled-up point to prove. They will explode into a […]

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Located in northern Bavaria, the entire old town of Bamberg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is a good enough reason to visit—and just wait ’til we get talking about the beer. Filled with well-preserved 12th and 13th-century architecture, Bamberg is a fine example of a medieval German town with its picturesque half-timbered buildings, …

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It’s been called the best island in the continental US. Sitting in Lake Huron between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, Mackinac Island (pronounced Mackinaw Island) is the jewel of the Great Lakes. Visitors flock to this unique vacation spot for its car-free streets, miles of hiking trails, world-famous fudge, and stunning sunsets. One …

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Amsterdam is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, known for its narrow houses, canals, cafes, flowers, cyclists, world-class museums, infamous Red Light District, and relaxed laws. For many people in the UK, the Dutch capital is one of the first foreign destinations you travel to without your parents. It’s a rite of passage that …

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There is nowhere on earth that is quite like an English country village. Long the inspiration of poets, writers, and artists, the bucolic beauty of “England’s green and pleasant land” makes for a special getaway. These are the most beautiful villages in England. Dry stone walls punctuate rolling hills and pastures. Historic stone cottages appear …

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As someone who has adventures in over 50+ countries and grew up in Scotland, I have a profound love for the hidden treasures of the British Isles. Let’s take this wealth of personal experience and an eye for the extraordinary to unveil the best beachside delights the UK offers. England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland …

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Sometime in the early 1990s, I was sitting at the breakfast table, slurping some Rice Krispies and peering over a black and white newspaper (color print wasn’t in use yet). At the bottom of a page of advertisements, there was a picture of a fascinating collection of ancient ruins sitting in the shadow of a …

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Hot air balloon flights can literally elevate your vacation from a good holiday to a great one – providing you have a head for heights, of course. There’s nothing quite like soaring into the wild blue yonder for breathtaking views of the landscape below. Hot air balloon rides can be anything you want them to …

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As we strive for a cleaner, greener planet, cities around the world are waking up to the power of the pedal. In the past decade and into the foreseeable future, significant investments have been made in cycling infrastructure on a global scale. The benefits speak for themselves. Cycling helps cut carbon emissions, reduce traffic jams, …

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If you’re thinking about going to a museum, what is the first thought that comes to mind? Is it a classical art museum filled with works by Italian masters? Perhaps a historical museum with life-like recreations of dramatic events? Maybe a world-class science center packed with educational interactive exhibits? While those types of museums most …

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For the ultimate in adrenaline sports, surfing is hard to beat. Just you, your board, and the raw power of nature in a thrilling test of skill, balance, composure, and strength. Few pastimes can compete for the feeling surfing gives you for connecting with Mother Earth. Humans have been riding the waves for thousands of …

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There’s nothing quite like the freedom of the open road. With a tank full of gas, friends filling the passenger seats, and some top tunes on the radio, you almost feel invincible when you get behind that wheel (or handlebars). Confucious said that “roads were made for journeys, not destinations,” and never was a truer …

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