Travel & Culture

14 True Shots of New York

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New York isn’t so much a city. It’s more of an idea, an abstract dream of affluence and success. Obviously, the real city is more complex than its image. If you visit, you might notice:

1. Bad weather
– they never told you about that one.

new york city rain clouds apocalypse

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14 True Shots of Phoenix

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When you’re visiting or living in Phoenix, you’re essentially trying to tame the desert temporarily. You get enough water, sunscreen and air conditioning, and you feel safe and comfortable—but subconsciously somewhere, you might wonder: ‘How long will this last? When will the water finally just end?’

Maybe Phoenix will exist forever, or maybe it’ll turn into a massive ghost city one day. Either way, it’s a curious place.

1. The dry heat

– you can practically see it from the airplane window.

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14 True Shots of Seattle

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Some cities are so weird, you end up loving them simply because of their strangeness. Seattle’s a bit like that. It’s difficult to capture its quirky culture in photos, but here’s an attempt. You could recognize Seattle with:

1. The Space Needle

– and Mount Rainier as a tastefully-distant backdrop.

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14 True Shots Of Edinburgh

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If Edinburgh had a color scheme, it would probably be gray and green with a side of red. Moss, cobblestone and redheads; creepy vines, stone buildings and red tartans; green grass, gray weather and red coffee cups…
Whatever combination you choose, Edinburgh is a great to place to visit. Check it out:

1. Impressive stone architecture

– one word: Hogwarts.

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17 Beautiful Pictures Of The Pacific Crest Trail

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Thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail [PCT] is an impressive feat for three reasons:

1. you must prepare the appropriate gear for six different ecozones (forests, deserts, etc.);
2. the elevation ranges from just above sea level to 13,153 ft, i.e. mountains are common;
3. and it takes a long time to finish—at 2,654 miles, the PCT is one of the longest American trails, even longer than the renowned Appalachian Trail.

Of course, these extremes are also what makes the PCT so beautiful and worth hiking. The following photos of amazing vistas and scenic views can make you want to stop everything, fly to California, and spend five months thru-hiking the PCT like a wilderness junkie.

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18 Pictures Of Lampposts From Around The World

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Moving or traveling overseas has moments where nearly everything seems unrecognizable, as if you were dreaming or temporarily suffering from amnesia. You tell yourself it’s a phase, that if you just wait a few minutes or hours, you’ll remember everything again and be able to read the road signs or know which ingredients you can and cannot find at the grocery store.

During these disconcerting bouts of ‘where-am-I?’, sometimes it’s helpful to focus on familiar ideas or objects found just about everywhere: laughter, the sky, and street lamps, for example. It’s not a permanent remedy and it won’t help you find your hotel, but perhaps the relation will help you feel more at ‘home’. Try it out with these international set of lampposts:

1. Hong Kong

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14 True Shots of Paris

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Paris is a difficult city for tourists to conquer; the famous sights, museums, shops, restaurants and gardens are seemingly endless. Even if you had enough time to do everything mentioned in a traveler’s guide, you still wouldn’t see everything.

You can’t capture Paris in one visit or summarize its mystique in a few pictures. But, for what its worth, here are fourteen ways to remember this fantastic city.

1. The memorable skyline

– celebrated by vintage postcards everywhere.

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17 Beautiful Photos of the Appalachian Trail

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March and April are the months to begin hiking the Appalachian Trail if you’re looking to conquer the behemoth south-to-north this year.
All 2,181 miles of it.

Backpacking in the deep south of America for half a year is certainly a brave decision. As Bill Bryson wrote during his time in the Appalachians, “I think I have a right to be a trifle alarmed, pardon me. I’m in the woods, in the middle of nowhere, in the dark…” [A Walk in the Woods]

It’d be nonsensical if it weren’t so beautiful. As it is, looking at these amazing photos of the Appalachian Trail can make you feel jealous.

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