Life & Travel

#WomenatWU Highlight: This is Molly Shea’s Story

I come from a large family with nine children. We grew up in a very small town in Central Illinois (Arcola, pop. 2,500) where more people never left the state. My father’s business gave me the opportunity to travel so I was exposed to other ways of life and cultures at a young age, igniting a passion to live and work in a global setting. I also knew I wanted the financial security to be able to give my children ...

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7 Spring Festivals Around the World

Even if you love snow, cold weather, and all things winter, there’s no denying that euphoric sensation you feel when the flowers start blooming and the weather starts warming up. Cultures have celebrated the transition from winter to spring since early civilization. From water fights to massive bonfires, discover what people around the world do to celebrate the vernal equinox.   1. Canadian Tulip Festival The origins of this festival date back to 1945, when Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented 100,000 ...

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7 Destinations to Visit Before It’s Too Late

Some of the world’s most treasured destinations are in danger. Make sure these disappearing destinations are on your itinerary before it’s too late.   1. The Dead Sea The Dead Sea, which is actually a lake, is one of the most saline bodies of water in the world. It’s also the lowest point on Earth at 1,400 feet below sea level. Travelers have long visited this geographical marvel because of its therapeutic properties. But the Dead Sea at risk. ...

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10 of the Best Places to Visit in May

Between the unbeatable weather and off-peak prices in many desirable parts of the world, the hardest part about traveling in May might be deciding where to go. Do you want to explore Scandinavia after a long winter or hit the dramatic coastlines of the Mediterranean? Is a major metropolis beckoning before the oppressive summer heat or would you prefer to unwind in a rustic, old world city? We’ve rounded up the best destinations to visit in May to make ...

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12 Unique Cuisines You Should Try at Least Once

Most Americans have tried sushi rolls and had their fair share of pad Thai. Maybe you’ve even ventured to try Middle Eastern or Caribbean cuisine. But how about a proper braai or Moroccan tagine? Have you ever started your day with dim sum and ended it with an authentic curanto dinner? Every corner of the world has their own specialty, but some cuisines are a bit more distinctive.   Smörgåsbord Scandinavians know how to start the day. ...

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8 Personality Traits Every Successful Expat Has

Working abroad may sound like a dream job, but it’s not for everyone. Living and working in another country comes with a unique set of challenges. You’ll need more than technical skills to cut it as an expat. Check out the traits expats need to transform their wanderlust into a successful relocation.   1.Global Curiosity Being interested in and excited about new cultures is essential. If you have a passion for meeting new people and an urge to ...

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Why the Food Hall Trend is Here to Stay

Harrod’s Food Hall in London, which opened in 1849, is credited as the world’s first food hall. But the food hall trend has only just started to pick up speed in recent years. In the last decade, hundreds of food halls have popped up around the world.   Not quite a restaurant, but more elevated than a food court, these gastronomic destinations combine dining stalls, communal eating spaces, and craft beer.   Vendors often sell farm-fresh groceries, quirky kitchen ...

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How to Bleisure Travel Like a Boss

Business trips make up approximately 30% of annual travel, according to Bridgestreet Hospitality’s 2014 Report, causing people around the world to search for new ways to add a little pleasure to their otherwise mundane business excursions. The coined term is “bleisure” travel. Studies have shown that “bleisure” travel not only adds value to business trips but also promotes productivity at work.   Even though the term is appearing more and more on social media, “bleisure” travel isn’t a new concept. ...

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Architecture Pilgrimage: 9 Well-Designed Destinations

Morocco may be known for its Moorish designs and Miami is certainly a hub for Art Deco, but there are plenty of architecturally distinct cities in the world. From the ancient greats to modern marvels, we’ve compiled the destinations every design lover should visit.   Classical Ruins of Athens, Greece Greece is famous for its marble and limestone temples, but there are also remnants of open-air theaters, public squares and stadiums to explore. Best Classical Ruins: The Acropolis ­citadel, ...

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Sport Lover’s Pilgrimage: 15 Places Every Fan Should Visit

Sports can shed light on a country’s values and traditions as much as art, music or food. Whether through watching a pre-game ritual, experiencing a fan ceremony, or actually partaking in a local pastime, sports are an excellent way to learn about a new place and its people. No matter what kind of fan you are, this list of pilgrimages for sports lovers will give you something to cheer about. Visit Monaco for the Grand Prix Where: Monaco When: ...

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