Author: Matt Westenburg

New Places, New Faces: Travel Builds Friendships

The people you meet when you’re traveling often become your most valuable companions. They might live across the world from you, but the bonds you form during your travel adventures will lead to lifetime connections. Whether you met them in an airport, in a club or while you wandering around an unfamiliar street, travel friends are truly the best friends. Baggage-free Travel friends only know you in the here and now. It’s an opportunity for you to be yourself without the baggage of your past. The people you meet on your travels don’t weigh you down with expectations, so...

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Mind Games: Trick Yourself Into Weight Loss

Let’s be honest. There are many times when the only reason a diet doesn’t work is because we have failed to follow them. It’s challenging to stare at a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies and difficult to deny a cheeseburger and fries. Fortunately, experts have discovered some mind games to help trick yourself into effective weight loss. Think it over Next time you’re overwhelmed with a craving for brownies and ice cream, hit the metaphorical pause button. Research suggests that you will be less likely to indulge on junk food if you wait a few minutes before making...

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Distance Distress: Make the Most of Your Next Long Flight

Traveling around the world is the best, but long flights are the worst. Hours spent airborne can make you feel antsy, anxious and just plain uncomfortable. Avoid long flight frustrations by planning ahead with this airplane advice. Get comfy The first thing to ask yourself when you’re getting ready for a long-distance flight is “Who are you trying to impress?” Don’t torture yourself in tight, uncomfortable clothes when you’re going to spend the next 10 hours sitting in a compact airplane seat. I’m not recommending you check in wearing full-fledged pajamas, but think about a casual hoodie with loose-fitting...

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Earning the Ink: Ironman Tattoo Tips

It’s rare that the completion of a task merits a tattoo. I once polished off two full medium pizzas in only an hour and a half and was close to commemorating the occasion with some ink before I thought better of it. However, what is absolutely worth getting permanently etched on your skin is finishing an Ironman race. Many have received a tattoo of the logo and with good reason: they swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles sequentially to finish the race. The Ironman tattoo has become a staple in the triathalon community for those...

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Television Tourism: Actually Following Your Favorite Shows

A little embarrassing to admit, but at some point, at least a few of us have wanted to hop inside our favorite television program. We form such a strong connection to the characters we want to break through the screen barrier and join in on the story. It turns out that number might be more than a few with several organizations profiting off of tours centered on television shows. Here are just a few of the tours available for TV tourists. The Office (Scranton, PA) Television loves to use cities as characters. Concrete jungles like New York, Los Angeles...

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