17 Spots You Need To Visit In 2017

"In 2017, I want to travel more." Does that sound familiar? When it comes to resolutions, traveling seems to be a popular one, and rightfully so. As humans, we have the urge to be curious and explore. But where do you start? Start by exploring these options and see what springs off of those to get your travel list started!

1. Flagstaff, Arizona

Flaggstaff
Being a total college town, make sure you visit within the typical school year. With the old architecture and mountains surrounding the town, this is the perfect getaway from the city.

2. Portland, Oregon

Portland

If you like local joints, you will love all of Portland. They thrive off of local businesses, which range anywhere from coffee shops and pizza joints to original bars and boutiques. Bonus: No sales tax here, so prepare your wallet to do some shopping.

3. Seattle, Washington


Seattle
The city on top of a city is popular among college students because of the easygoing bars and the infamous Pike Place market. Cheap and original treasures can be found here. Oh, and the first Starbucks originated here… Need I say more?

4. San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio
It is like a mini Mexican get-away, but still has the roots of the U.S. attached. The river walk is perfect for a night out because it is filled with rowdy bars and speakeasy lounges. Don’t forget to get your history on and visit the alimony!

5. Peru

Peru
Hello?! Fresh ceviche every day! Their cuisine is reason enough to go. Peru is a definite seafood lover's go-to spot. Their water sport activities can be pretty enticing as well.

6. Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville
A more inexpensive travel destination than most, Nashville is known as the "Music City." Home of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame, you are sure to get a good dose of musical history while visiting here. If you go in the winter time, all of their streets are lit up with holiday lights and decorations. It’s quite a sight.

7. San Francisco, California

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A coastal city that will show you the finer things in life. Their lifestyle is one-of-a-kind that can only be experienced. Their diverse culture and extravagant shopping separate itself from other cities. Bring your walking shoes though, because there is no getting around those hills.

8. Jaco, Costa Rica

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Sunset dinners and jungle adventures await here. Want to feel like you are part of the wild? Costa Rica has a ton of outdoor activities for all ages. Zip-lining through the rainforest, rappelling down waterfalls and dipping your toes in the black sand beaches are just a few of the activities they have there.

9. Bloomington, Minnesota

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Shopping capital of the nation. Not really, but they do have the biggest mall in America. Bloomington is right on the edge of twin cities. Known for their outdoor fun, St. Paul and Minneapolis host a lot of festivals and parades for various communities and events.

10. Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas
Everyone should visit the city of sin at least once. This is the place where all your hometown rules are broken, and a life of luxury experiences await you. The Bellagio fountains are ranked as one of the top free visitor spots in the nation, so be sure to check those out!

11. Cancun, Mexico

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White sandy beaches, tropical vibes, and pure relaxation sit upon the coast of Cancun. This is a popular choice for travelers venturing into Mexican territory. This is the ultimate spring break experience with no off-season. Sun-bathing occurs here year round!

12. New Orleans, Louisiana

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I STRONGLY suggest coming here for Mardi Gras. It is your one-stop, nonstop, party spot. Attending Mardi Gras in New Orleans should definitely be a resolution somewhere down the line. Not into partying? That’s perfectly fine. You can partake in other activities, like how to peel a crawfish or listen to live jazz music at The Square.

13. Frisco, Colorado

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Frisco is the cutest little town in the Mountain Time region. There are tons of nature activities to take part in, as well as locally owned boutiques and bars down Main Street. The whole city is surrounded by mountains, making skiing, hiking and biking some of their most popular activities.

14. Boca Raton, Florida

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The Atlantic Ocean in this particular area is extremely warm. Even in the spring and fall, the water feels like bath water. The climate can be highly humid, but this cute suburb will get you away from the city and in with the locals. Experience Florida the native way.

15. Redwood National & State park, California

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Seriously, the tallest trees you will ever lay your eyes on. The Redwoods are over 100 years old with trunks the size of an SUV. Hiking, scenic drives and camping are all part of the festivities that take place here. Go and wander about the trunks of the trees and get lost in the pine.

16. Mitchell, South Dakota

Honestly, there is not much to see here but, if you’re close enough, it might not be a bad drive. Mitchell has a palace made entirely out of corn. It’s a quirky landmark but could make do for a spontaneous road trip destination.

17. Four Corners, CO, AZ, UT, NM

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Who said you can’t be in four places at once? This is a prime photo opportunity since there is not much else to do in this area. There is a local market set up around the perimeter of the states. They sell anything from healing crystals to keychains.
Get your notebook ready and start making your travel list for 2017!

7 Traveling Tips To Keep You Sane Through The Holidays

There's no time like the holidays because the holidays are crazy and in turn, make you crazy. It might be the giving time of year, but it is also the busiest time of the year. People are coming and going in all different directions, which can cause a little more than chaos in the airport. There are long lines, weather delays and little missteps along the way. Avoid as much of the turmoil as possible by following these airport holiday tips to ensure smooth sailing:

1) Be at the airport two hours in advance

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Look at this as a rule and not a guideline. Most people try to skate by with an hour left to boarding and expect to get to their gate on time. Long lines and inexperienced travelers will be frequently encountered during the holidays, causing undue stress. It is worth packing up a little earlier to avoid the anarchy.

2) Use your phone for your boarding pass

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Smart phones are a miracle in disguise for traveling. Use your passbook so you’re not shuffling papers around. Keeping everything in one spot will help keep you from losing your damn mind.

3) Use airport TVs to charge your phone

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. If there are no open outlets available, most screens will have a USB port ready for you to juice up with. BONUS: These are usually in prime seating areas.

4) Take immune system boosting medicines

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Medicines such as Emergen-C and Airborne help with strengthening your immune system. Planes are enclosed pieces of machinery, so you are not going anywhere and neither are those germs. Protect yourself by preparing with prevention! Don’t forget to take some along with you for the way home too!

5) Be present at the TSA checkpoint

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When it is your turn to get your ID or bag checked, be present in the moment. Pay attention. Drop your conversation for the five minutes it’ll take you to get x-rayed. Have your ID ready, prepare to take out all of your electronics, take your shoes off, and have your liquids out in a Ziploc bag. You may be in a hurry, but appear to be patient and the agents might work with you.

6) Take advantage of delayed or canceled flights

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This is the time to bat those long eyelashes or use that charm. You need to get to your destination but clearly, that’s not happening right now. The ticketing booth is bombarded with angry customers. If you’re looking for a little bit of an upgrade, this would be a good time to ask, in the nicest way possible. “I have a middle seat and I was wondering if I could get that changed to a window or an aisle seat?” There might’ve been some cancellations and they could bump you up to premium or first class just because you were the first nice person they had seen in a while.

7) Don’t put wrapped gifts in your carry on

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TSA might have to unwrap the gift if anything suspicious pops up. Buy wrapping materials when you get to your destination to make sure nosey little elves don't get their hands on your presents.
Happy holidays and safe travels!

Workouts That Suit You Best Based On Your Zodiac Sign


We look to our horoscopes for predictions on life, love and sometimes, even financials. But what about fitness?
Ever wonder why you always seemed to be one beat off in Zumba? Or why you could never master Triangle pose? Believe it or not, I think the stars might have some say in those matters, too. Our horoscopes tell us who we're compatible with, but our Zodiac can also tell us which types of exercises work for our personality and goals!

12 Reasons It's OK To Be Single During The Holidays

"Seeing anyone special lately?" 
Yes Grandma, their name is cabernet
Don't stress, feel blessed! Cuffing season is among you but that's no reason to feel down about your relationship status. There are many reasons why being single throughout the holiday season is 110 percent acceptable... 

1) You don't have to share your holiday treats.

You do not have to face the pressure of sharing your box of Ferrero Rocher Fine Hazelnut Chocolates. They are all yours.
Heaven

2) You also don't have to share your holiday drinks.

Lit

3) You get to watch “12 Dates of Christmas” as many times as you want

It's Netflix’s way of saying “We’ve got your back, we’re not going anywhere.”

4) You don't have to buy a significant other some sort of lavish gift.

You just saved a bunch of money on Christmas gifts by switching to single.
Walmart Single

5) You can take the money you save from buying a significant other a gift and buy yourself a gift.

On Dasher

6) Cuddling is overrated.

You know what no one ever complains about? Having the whole bed to themselves.

Sleeping Alone

7) You can listen to as much or as little holiday music as you like.

No need to accommodate anyone's Christmas spirit.

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8) You can sit back and enjoy the Christmas themed Tinder pick-up lines.

"Shouldn't you be sitting on top of the tree, angel?" Yikes.

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9) You only have to worry about accommodating one schedule.

It's ME o'clock.

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10) You have complete say over what type of holiday card you are going to send.

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11) You can do more important things this holiday season.

Like lay around in your Rudolph onesie, stalking people on Instagram, and drinking eggnog.

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12) Get in shape... Or don't.

It’s sweater season. No one can tell anyway.
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Las Vegas Holiday Events You Need To Put On Your Calendar


The turkey is cooked, the shopping is done and you are probably in limbo with putting your holiday decorations up or completely avoiding them. Las Vegas may not be the average winter wonderland but we do a pretty good job at making do with what we have. Anywhere from lighting up cacti to incorporating fake snow into our holiday parties; we let our creativity get the best of us. The holiday season has officially started, so let's get in the spirit with your one stop shop to Las Vegas holiday events!



Saturday, November 26, 2016 || 5:00 PM
Free (Donations are encouraged)
Wasting no time, the Springs Preserve and Community Lutheran Church have teamed up to kick off the Christmas seasons with a community wide sing-along.  Grab your family, a blanket, and some non-perishable food items to donate to one of the seven charities!  Head on down to the Springs Preserve amphitheater and enjoy singer and actress Susan Powell, an 80-voice choir, 20-piece orchestra, and various Las Vegas Strip entertainers.  Check out more information here!



Friday, December 2, 2016 || 4:30 PM
Free
Join the Zappos Team at their Holiday Tree Lighting!  Their tree features more than 50,000 lights for the community to enjoy throughout the season! You wouldn’t want to miss the Tree Lighting with performances from The Nutcracker and artist Daniel Park. There will be photos with Santa available, hot chocolate and so many more holiday treats!  Come and be among family and friends in your downtown community!


Saturday, December 3, 2016 || 10:00 AM
$35-$65 per participant
Join Opportunity Village for their annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run! Nothing says Christmas like 10,000 Santas running a 5k in the downtown Las Vegas area.  Registration includes your very own Santa suit and goes to support the programs and services of Opportunity Village. This organization provides a variety of different programs, which provide adults with intellectual disabilities the chance to lead a life that had previously been unattainable. This run is for all ages including a 5K run and a 1-mile fun run! Local celebrities and businesses take part in the festivities every year making it fun for the whole family.  New this year, keep the fun going by enjoying Blitzen’s Bar Crawl and Las Vegas Pub Crawl’s Santa Crawl right after the race! Register and join in on the running holiday madness! Click here to register!


Thursday, December 8, 2016 || 7:00 PM
Check out this SNOW amazing event at the Henderson Events Plaza. Hosted by The City of Henderson, Winterfest – Silver and Snowflakes will have ample amounts of holiday activities for all ages to enjoy. There will be a snow area to play in, gingerbread house masterpieces, light parades, and tree lightings. Along with the winter festivities there will be carnival rides and various food vendors! There will be nightly entertainment including orchestras and holiday parades you do not want to miss. 


Saturday, December 10, 2016 || 5:00 PM
Free
Step outside of Vegas and into  Boulder City's “Whoville” with St. Jude’s Christmas Tree lighting. Stroll through the ranch while enjoying holiday treats and drinks. There will be carolers throughout the open house and Santa will be available for photos as well! With live entertainment and lights strung around St. Jude's Ranch, your heart will be filled with warm Christmas spirit! 



Saturday, December 10, 2016 || 3:00PM
$25 per participant
Join downtown container park in their Ugly Sweater Wine Walk! Don your tacky holiday sweaters (seriously, your tackiest, there is going to be a contest) and get your wine on. There will be various wine stations set up throughout the park for you to enjoy.  Zowie Bowie entertainment, shopping and specialty cocktails will be available as well, so treat yo’ self to a merry afternoon of indulgences.


Monday, December 19, 2016 || 6:00 PM
$10-20 per person
Grab your mistletoe match and head down to the Cosmopolitan Ice Rink for a Skate Date night. Equipped with skate rentals, fire pits, and various Christmas movies what more could anyone ask for in a winter wonderland?  Skate Date is a weekly event which takes place every Monday but the 19th is essential because Cosmopolitan is playing Home Alone 1 and Home Alone 2… basically the greatest holiday movies out there.

I hope you are able to check out some of these events and keep the holiday spirit strong inside of you!