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The 25 Best Vacation Spots in the US

02/08/2022 Author 0

One upside to living in a country as large as the United States is the ability to enjoy a wide variety of vacations without even needing a passport. To help you narrow down your choices, US News & World Report compiled a list of America’s best vacation spots, based on a combination of editors’ scores and user input.

Unprisingly, national parks are especially well-represented. The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite took the top three spots, respectively, and another four parks made the top 25. So did Bar Harbor, the island town in Maine that, in the words of its official websiteserves as “the gateway to Acadia National Park.”

If your idea of ​​the great outdoors involves a little less hiking and a little more lying on a beach, the US has stellar options for you, too. Hawaii alone has three islands on the list: Maui, Kauai, and Oahu; and Key West, Florida, came in at number 21.

When it comes to urban getaways, the Big Apple may be your best bet. New York City came in 10th place, higher than any other big city on the list. It’s hard to compete with New York’s restaurants, Broadway shows, and general

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Tired of paying for expensive vacation rentals? One Utah startup is changing how you vacation

30/07/2022 Author 0

Estimated read time: 4-5 minutes

Temperatures are rising and you’re ready to get out of town. But when it comes to planning out your trip and accommodations, is Airbnb really the best option?

It’s true that short-term rental companies like Airbnb and VRBO offer a wide variety of destinations and amenities. But their prices and fees have really gotten out of control. What if instead of spending big to stay in someone else’s home, you could pay yourself to go on vacation?

Bucketa new startup based in Lehi, Utah, is solving this problem through vacation home co-ownership.

of the home, 100% of the experience

Historically, not everyone could afford a vacation home—especially in top destinations like Newport Beach, California or southern Utah. And even for families that could commit to a vacation property, studies show that they are only using the home for three to six weeks out of the year.

With Ember’s co-ownership model, you can buy a luxury vacation home in portions—and only pay a fraction of the cost. Each Ember home is divided into eight parts. Co-owners get 44+ nights for every part they purchase. Owners looking for maximum time can buy up to half

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11 Things I Wish I Knew Before Taking A Bioluminescent Bay Tour In Puerto Rico

28/07/2022 Author 0

I sat quietly in my kayak, one hand swirling the water outside the boat. With each gentle swish, a miniature constellation of underwater “stars” twinkled around my fingers. In the kayak beside me, a woman spun her paddle in the water and gasped at the tiny explosion of light. Ahead of me, the comet-like streak of green in the water indicated a fish swimming near the surface.

I’d come to Isla de Vieques, off Puerto Rico’s main island, to kayak its world-famous bioluminescent bay. The experience was everything I’d hoped for — a stroke of luck, given how poorly I’d arranged my trip. Getting the most out of a bio bay tour requires a lot of advance planning, and, in the case of Vieques, more cash than you might expect.

Here’s what I wish I knew before making the trip.

1. Bioluminescence Is Surprisingly Common

Much like fireflies do on land, single-celled, water surface–dwelling organisms called dinoflagellates, a type of plankton, can emit light underwater. They aren’t the only marine organisms that glow. Some 1,500 species of fish are known to luminesce, as well as certain types of squid, jellyfish, worms, and crustaceans. Many use bioluminescence as lures for food

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