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Travel: Take the Polar Bear Plunge

It’s finally 2015 and one of the best ways to mark the new year is by taking part in one of the bone-chilling polar bear plunges held across virtually every state. Whether you simply want to challenge yourself, have a crazy fun day out with friends, or raise money for your favorite charity, here are some polar plunges to keep in mind.

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Travel: Mom & Pop Ski Resorts

We’ve got nothing against the haute scenes that have overtaken higher-end ski resorts across North America like some luxury-travel space race. Valet parking at Deer Valley kinda rocks when it’s dumping snow and you’re trying to corral an army of kids and their gear to the lift. That Peak-to-Peak gondola ride is undoubtedly one of the most invigorating—and liberating—parts of Whistler/Blackcomb. And hunting for the perfect stretch of untracked powder across Vail’s thousands of skiable acres and then ending the day with a five-star steak dinner ranks as a rite of passage.

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Travel: Where To Go When You’re Over Winter

As our weekly pronouncements on this blog indicate, we love winter. But we also love to escape winter, swapping the snow for sand, and trading a bluebird day on the slopes for a bit of beachcombing, swimming, surfing, fishing, scuba diving, or…all of them. Here are a few of our favorite locales for such pastimes, all of ‘em within a few flights from most major U.S. airports.

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Travel: Best Snowball Fights

Save sledding, nothing brings out our inner child more rapidly than the call to arms for a good snowball fight. As with all other things in our modern world, the simple joys of tossing a few mounds of snow at your friends and family has been pushed to 11. These days, taking part in a snowball fight can be part of your travels this winter. Here are a few to consider.

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Good To Know: Things That Kill in Ecuador

Ecuador lays claim to the Galapagos, the archipelago that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution–so the potential of falling victim to the food chain and the process of natural selection should come as no surprise when visiting this South American country (even if you stay on the mainland). Here are a few particularly nasty creatures…

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Travel: Quebec

Enchanting is the only word for winter in Quebec City. Ok, it does get cold and snowy, but the streets glitter brightly with festive decorations, imbuing the city with a downright iconic, wholly contagious holiday vibe. The streets are narrow and the close proximity of…everything in this old-European-style village means that you never have to walk far for a warm meal, hot chocolate, or local brew. If you’ve never been to Quebec City, it’s a blend of old-world charm with a charm that’s totally French Canadian—exotic and welcoming at the same time.

There’s plenty to do and see—here are some tips for planning your trip.

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Travel: Ski and Ride NYE

Expectation is always the downfall of most New Year’s Eve celebrations. So much build up tends to lead to so much…disappointment. But the silver lining of this holiday may reside in its place on the calendar–New Year’s Eve, in other words, is the prime time to embrace some cold-weather fun. So we say leave watching the dropping of the ball in Times Square to the mindless hordes, and head for the mountains instead. Here are a few of our favorite snow-centric celebrations this year…

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Travel: Ice Sculptures

Forget the image of frozen swans in wedding punchbowls. Ice sculptures are so much more advanced than that cliché. Now, countless cities around the globe host their own ice and snow sculpture festivals–it’s the perfect activity in places where cold weather is the norm. People create and enjoy beautiful art–and ice is the ultimate renewable resource. The sculptures range from the exquisite small creations to entire hotels and castles where you can spend the night and have a classy meal.

Here are a few don’t miss ice and snow sculpture events.

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Travel: South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe, straddling the border between California and Nevada, is a city that never sleeps. You could easily play outside all day and party all night and keep up the frenetic tempo for several lifetimes. The nearly ubiquitous views of Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America, and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains stand as a near-constant reminder that there’s a legion of outdoor pursuits on tap here, from skiing and snowboarding in the winter to paddleboarding, trail running, backpacking, hiking, biking, and…pretty much everything the rest of the year. Partner that outdoor hedonism with the city’s handful of casinos, which offers a different spin on indulgence, and expect to be wholly overwhelmed with options. Let us offer a few ways to navigate the 1,001 options for the winter months now upon us.

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Travel: Puerto Rico

If absence truly makes the heart grow fonder, by now you’re probably really yearning for a bit of sun. The kind of sun that warms the skin. The kind of sun that makes the dark days of winter feel like a distant dream. The kind of sun that glints, hypnotically, off the Caribbean Sea. The kind of sun, in other words, that illuminates the isle of Puerto Rico almost every day of the year.

 

And given the island’s status as a U. S. territory, you don’t need a passport.

 

Spontaneous travel just became much simpler. Here’s a few things you can do when you arrive.

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