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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Where should you travel in July? Here are some ideas.

The northern lights are in the midst of a waning phase,

Families can take advantage of a full school-free month. The days surrounding the Fourth of July are the most popular for travel. But many people take time off during other times of the month.

Many destinations have a variety of festivals during the month. And there are plenty of cities that have beautiful parks for outdoor activity.

Here are a few destinations that are good deals for fun and value:

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The world’s most beautiful places – according to film location scouts

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Before Game of Thrones shot new scenes for Season 7 at Spain’s quiet San Juan de Gaztelugatxe heritage site, not many of us knew of its existence. Now, for fans of the show at least, it’s highly recognisable as the dramatic backdrop for Dragonstone, Daenerys Targaryen’s castle – and, following the release of the lastest season, started drawing some 2,500 tourists per day.

Croatia’s Dubrovnik was subject to the same surge in interest after King’s Landing was shot there in earlier seasons of the show, and continues to be overrun six years later.

Similarly, the Lord of the Rings franchise was attributed, at least in part, to a staggering 50 per cent growth in tourism in New Zealand, where it was filmed, between the release of the first movie in 2001 and 2016.

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8 Ways to Be a More Responsible Traveler

 

Tourists Looking At Jeronimos Monastery

Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries — making up about 10 percent of global GDP, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council — and it shows no signs of slowing down.

But the economic boon that tourism brings can have detrimental effects on the people that live in popular destinations, and even on the destinations themselves. Around the world, tourists have driven up rents, disrespected sacred monuments, and even defiled monuments when they wanted to leave their mark.

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The Top 5 Destinations Design and Music Lovers Should Visit in July

a mountain village by a lake at sunrise

Set your sights on these destinations perfect for art, design, and music lovers. Tokyo will host the massive Design Tokyo fair, which is a prime opportunity to scout out the latest in Japanese design. Cleveland will inaugurate an exciting new triennial of contemporary art, bringing new energy to the Rust Belt. A range of music and design events are coming to Santa Fe, including the city’s renowned opera season and the International Folk Art Market. Music lovers should book flights to Europe for the Festival da Jazz in St. Moritz and the Ravello Festival on Italy’s glorious Amalfi Coast.

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TripAdvisor Names Most Blissful Destinations For Wellness Travel

NEEDHAM, Mass., June 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the top wellness travel destinations in the U.S. and around the globe. TripAdvisor identified zen destinations where travelers can retreat to focus on well-being, yoga, meditation and self-care based on destinations seeing the greatest amount of related search terms on TripAdvisor.

Wellness tourism is a growing trend where travelers are seeking health and spirituality on their trips. According to the Global Wellness Institute, international and domestic wellness tourism accounted for $563 billion in 2015, up 14 percent from 2013, and is expected to grow to $808 billion by 2020. The trend continues, with 25 percent of travelers saying they plan to take a wellness trip in the next 12 months, according to a recent poll of TripAdvisor’s global Facebook community.

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