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Grandma floats out to sea on iceberg

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Young Instagrammers or YouTubers are frequently being criticized for doing stupid stunts just for a few followers or likes, but they’re not the only ones risking their lives for a photo. When Judith Streng’s son tried taking a picture of her sitting on a small throne-shaped iceberg at Diamond Beach, Iceland, the iceberg detached and carried her out into the water. Streng told ABC News, “When I got on it, it started to totter and a wave was coming in. A very large wave came in and kind of made the throne kind of rock, and I could tell that I was slipping off.”
While sitting on the iceberg might sound like an unwise decision in the first place, Streng insists it looked quite safe. “One girl had been on it and then two girls at the same time,” she said, “and it was very secure with them. But I don’t weigh very much. So it was a little easier to float off with me, I guess.”
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The incident went viral after Streng’s 24-year-old granddaughter, Catherine Streng, tweeted a …

How To Choose The Perfect Travel Backpack (Plus Win A Free One!)

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How To Choose The Best Travel Backpack
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As a professional world-traveling backpacker, I get a lot of emails asking about the best backpacks for travel. There are so many to choose from! Here’s my advice, plus tips for how to find your own.
There’s something magical about traveling to new countries for the first time.
Getting lost in foreign cities, meeting cool people, breaking out of your comfort zone, discovering cultures different than your own, and having life-changing experiences.
Maybe you are planning your own backpacking adventure soon — South East Asia, Europe, or South America — and you need a good travel backpack to hold your stuff.
But what’s the best travel backpack to take on your next adventure?
There’s no easy answer to this question. Different types of travelers will have different requirements and budgets.
My goal with this backpack buyer’s guide is to help you narrow down the overwhelming choices that are out there — and pick the top travel backpack for trav…

Best things to do in Grinnell, Iowa

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The Midwest tends to get a bad rap in the travel world. Even when publications aim to tout it, a backhanded slight is rarely far away — take Vogue’s write-up on Kansas City, for example. The first four paragraphs amount to “Where? Mississippi?” underscoring the idea that a Midwesterner’s ignorance is intolerance but coastal ignorance? Well, that’s just cute and relatable. The Washington Post sums this phenomenon up nicely with its “You’re Going Where?” series, though it’s kind enough to include places like Raleigh and Boulder.
The hero-goes-on-a-journey structure serves this trope well: Our lone, daring protagonist armed with nothing but fortitude and a pen treads warily into flyover country, making headlines with his or her claim that, as it turns out, decent craft beer is not a high-rent privilege. But those who believe Kansas City “lives differently” or that Fargo has no streetlights are about to have their worldview shattered in two words: Grinnell, Iowa. This town, population 9,02…

Most beautiful villages in Ireland

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The Ireland of our dreams, the one that’s often pictured in rom-coms, is rural. And even though adorable thatched cottages dotting green, rolling hills, or brightly painted houses by the wild Atlantic shore are overly used in televised fictional tales, there’s some truth to them. Dublin, Belfast, Galway, and Cork are all modern, cosmopolitan cities where you’ll never be stuck in a cliché sheep traffic jam, but outside of the urban areas, you’ll encounter some of the rustic aesthetic and dramatic, craggy landscapes you’ve grown to expect. The seven villages listed below will satisfy your needs if what you’re looking for is a pretty, scenic, and sometimes isolated place to explore in the Republic of Ireland, as well as in Northern Ireland.
1. Allihies, County Cork
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County Cork has no shortage of beautiful towns — Cobh and Kinsale alone attract a lot of visitors for their vibrantly painted houses and seaside views — but if you want to go somewhere smaller, q…

Best road trips in the UK

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There’s a lot of talk about the Great American Road Trip, but in fact, some of the best road trips in the world are in the United Kingdom. Although 40 times smaller than the US, the UK has dozens of epic and diverse road trip routes that will leave a lasting impression — whether you’re simply trying to get from point A to point B or embarking on an adventure with the intention of stopping at all the sights.
JET, one of the UK’s leading fuel brands, conducted a survey of 2,000 drivers asking them to rank their favorite road trips. From the beautiful Lake District in England to the bucolic Cotswold roads and the rugged North Coast, these 10 road trips were voted the best in the UK in 2020.
10. Cotswolds roads
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When you think of England in the time of Shakespeare — where quiet country roads wind through meadows and over green hills, unspoiled by highway signs, billboards, or gas stations — you’re pretty much thinking of the present-day Cotswolds. These country road…

What to do in Siem Reap

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Phnom Penh isCambodia’s capital city, but Siem Reap is the country’s capital of tourism and culture. The city is home to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat and is the commercial hub of northern Cambodia and the surrounding section of the Mekong Delta. While Angkor Archeological Park is worth at least a visit, there are plenty of things to do in Siem Reap beyond the temples. The city’s signature pagodas and mellow vibe stand in stark contrast to Southeast Asia’s bustling urban hubs, but that doesn’t mean big city convenience and urban culture are missing. This small city of just under 200,000 is alive and booming. Here’s a rundown of where to go and what to see without ever stepping foot in a temple.
The city’s vibrant nightlife thrives on Pub Street.
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Tourism in Cambodia is booming, rising more than 12 percent last year according to the Phnom Penh Post. Much of that traffic comes from backpackers doing the rounds through Southeast Asia, and once the backpacks …