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It’s cold and snowy in Washington.
Schools and offices closed early this week.
This kind of weather locks up the city, and for a time, the only things moving were snow plows. And while the streams and Potomac River filled with the melting white stuff, I took this opportunity to “travel” elsewhere.
Here are 10 sites that helped me escape this winter wonderland.
If you’re looking for a nearly endless selection of travel opportunities, look no further than Airbnb.
The site allows you to explore, check out vacation homes and rentals, shop experiences, and look into restaurants. It’s amazing.
I spent a great deal of time daydreaming about the Most Wishlisted Homes for 2019.
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Planning a trip that focuses on the local cuisine? Chowhound delivers food news and resources to its community of food enthusiasts.
“Chowhound offers a dynamic resource for making reliable everyday food and drink decisions by sharing a deeper narrative that goes beyond just taste and technique,” the site says.
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Travel doesn’t start when you hit the road, and it doesn’t end when you arrive home, says SmarterTravel.
The site offers “expert travel tips, inspiring destination stories, and timely travel news to feed your passion for seeing the world before, during, and after your trip.”
Travelzoo is a global media commerce company.
According to the site, it has more than 28 million members in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific and 25 offices worldwide.
Brooke Saward was 20 when she boarded her first solo flight.
“Always having had an independent streak, I was determined to make my dream to travel to every corner of the globe a reality and after saving my pennies from my part time job, I boarded a flight bound for Paris and began exploring Europe for the first time,” Saward says.
A few years later, she graduated from school and published a travel book titled World of Wanderlust.
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Under30Experiences is a travel blog for millennials.
It features a host of information, from information about sustainability and wellness to city guides and life hacks.
Roadtrippers is a fast-growing web and mobile travel planning site that has helped travelers book more than 5.5 million trips.
“Our unique content covers the wonderful ‘off the beaten path’ places to visit and our unique database contains millions of the world’s most interesting locations,” the site says. “Roadtrippers helps people discover the world around them in an entirely new way by streamlining discovery, planning, booking and navigation into an engaging and intuitive process.”
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9. Out Traveler
Out Traveler is an LGBT travel site that features information about gay travel, destinations, and tourism.
It has a destination guide, information about experts and interviews, books and gear, and hotels and resorts.
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Liz Carlson is the Young Adventuress, who first got her taste for traveling at the age of 16.
“On my own, 12 years and 50 something countries later, my wanderlust has only grown and the list of countries I want to visit longer,” she says. “After living in Spain for the past few years and returning home for a stint, I then quit my job and moved to New Zealand and I’ve been here ever since.”
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