New Year’s Eve Traditions from Around the World

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It’s safe to say we’ve all grown up with some sort of New Year’s Eve traditions. Whether they’ve been small family events or extravagant to-dos, saying goodbye to the old and welcoming the new has become human nature for us. But with the amount of creativity in this world, no two celebrations ever look the same.

So, in honor of closing out 2014, we’re taking a look at the ways our world goes about honoring the new year. Continue reading “New Year’s Eve Traditions from Around the World” »

A Brief History of Railroad Travel

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Everyone has heard of the John Hughes movie, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” where Steve Martin desperately tries to get home for Thanksgiving by any means necessary, accompanied by a very obnoxious John Candy. What no one really thinks about is that by the time that film was released in 1987, trains had largely become an outdated mode of travel.

Just a century earlier, though, railroads helped establish the US as a super power and build the tourism industry. Today, traveling by train in America harkens back to a simpler time that doesn’t quite fit our current need for speed, efficiency, or practicality.

What’s lost on most of the general public, however, is that the industry has continued to improve by leaps and bounds. Light rails have made traveling between cities exponentially more convenient, and rail technology continues to get faster and more affordable.

Is it so hard to imagine a future in which rail travel reins supreme once again? For answers, let’s take a look into the history books to see how we got here.

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A Brief History of Tourism

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We’ve all heard the slogans, “I <3 NY,” “Virginia is for Lovers,” and even Idaho’s whimsical “Great Potatoes. Tasty Destinations.” Across the country and world, places near and far are all vying for our attention as a source of adventure and relaxation. However, the industry of tourism is a pretty modern invention.

While the wealthy have always travelled, lower classes historically lived, worked and died within a ten-mile radius of where they were born. When people did travel, it was usually for business, religion, safety or to conquer others. Not leisure.

We’re going to take a look at how we went from being cave-dwelling hunters and gatherers, to taking transcontinental flights on a whim.

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