Is Social Media Creating Unrealistic Travel Expectations Among Millennials?

Millennials love to travel. In fact, one of the reasons that freelancing is so popular with this generation is that it leaves them freer to control their schedules and work from remote locations. The bad news is that millennials, who rely heavily on social media to inspire their travels and influence their choice in destinations, could be in for some disappointment. According to a fresh study by Allianz Global Assistance, 36% of millennial travelers post misleading pictures of their vacation to make things appear to be better than they really are.

Many of these deceptive posting tactics are pretty well-known. Travelers will carefully curate only the best pictures to be seen on social media platforms such as Instagram. They’ll use filters and other technology to make themselves look fitter, younger, tanner, and more energetic. They’ll crop photos to ensure only the best looking people are in the final product. Using camera angles and perspective to make it look like they have special access to VIP areas and experiences is also a common technique.

Of course, not all deception is visual. Travelers also paint a less than honest picture through blog posts, social media updates, and other content.

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Budget for travel, tips and advice: Travel’s eight most expensive hobbies

Sailing the Greek Islands - not a cheap pasttime.

It’s not as if travel isn’t already expensive enough. This pursuit is a pricey one. It’s the sort of passion that quickly drains your finances, that eats up the bulk of your savings.

What are you spending your money on? Holidays. Always holidays. Catching flights, staying in hotels, eating in restaurants, getting from place to place – this stuff adds up.

And then, you go and add something more to it. You combine another hobby, another passion, with your love of travel. You take something else that’s really expensive, and you make it part of your holiday experience. You add extra gear; expensive gear. You necessitate pricey locations. You add exclusivity.

I’m a huge fan of combining your passions with your holidays; however, if you happen to be into any of the following, you’ll find your finances dwindling even faster than usual.

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Saranac Lake, New York’s healing town

saranac, surrounded by the Adirondacks.

Saranac Lake, nestled in the Adirondack Mountains in far upstate New York, started drawing visitors in the late 19th century.

But they were looking for more than just a travel escape from crowded East Coast cities in the United States — many had tuberculosis, and in the days before antibiotics, the standard treatment was the “fresh air cure,” or sitting outside in the clean mountain air for extended periods in the hopes of recovering.

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The Best Tokyo Travel Guide for Design Lovers

Whether you prefer the sliding doors and tatami-mat floors of traditionalism of Japanese kenchiku, the cement block minimalism of Tadao Ando, or the slick futurism of starchitect-designed fashion flagships, there’s no doubt about it: Tokyo is a design and architecture lover’s paradise. After all, this is a city that inspired Charlotte Perriand’s fresh approach to furniture design in the 1950s and many of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most revolutionary ideas about architecture. But in a city where meticulous design is, more often than not, a given (simply consider the toilets), selecting a list of destinations on their design merits alone can be daunting. Thankfully, we’ve assembled an agenda that balances old-world beauty, radical innovation, and just plain weird. But a word of advice: Don’t stick too close to any itinerary. The beauty of this endlessly dense city, is getting lost—whether within the countless stalls of Nakano Broadway, the anime-centric shopping mall beloved by artist Takashi Murakami, or the subterranean food halls embedded in Tokyo Station. The key is to alternate visual overload with moments of total zen.

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Blue Mountain Resort Will Transform Into An ‘Open Zoo’ With Free-Flying Birds And Reptiles

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Prepare yourselves for a wild adventure — Ontario’s Blue Mountain Resort is hosting an animal show of epic proportions, and you’re all invited.

Wild Wonders at Blue is an annual event dedicated to the love of animals and nature. The village will transform into an ‘animal kingdom’ of sorts, with free-flying birds, reptiles and other wildlife taking over the resort.

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Gaylord Opryland Resort announces details to this year’s “A Country Christmas”

It might be July, but the crews at Gaylord Opryland are already putting up the three million Christmas lights it takes to decorate both the grounds of the resort and inside the hotel itself.

Tuesday they also announced this year’s line up for “A Country Christmas”.

By popular demand, “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” will return to the Grand Ole Opry House with its electrifying stage spectacular.

Broadway Director Neil Goldberg has assembled the world’s most unique cast of spiraling aerialists, singers, dancers, artists and theatrical talent.

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Where to travel for your summer food favorites

The Point Crab House and Grill in Arnold,

As locavores preach, food tastes better when eaten as close as possible to its place of origin. Fried clams are guaranteed to be fresh in Ipswich. Blue crabs taste sweetest on the Chesapeake Bay. Plan a summer weekend trip to one of the following destinations to enjoy the local culinary specialty along with the scenery.

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