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Author: NoelleNeff

How to Photograph the Super Blue Blood Moon

How to Photograph the Super Blue Blood Moon

The super blue blood moon is coming up on January 31. This means that photographers all over the country will be finding ways to get the best distance, angle, and lighting to capture the moon its full essence. The Challenge of Capturing the Blood Moon The super […]

6 Tips for Optimizing DIY Furniture Photography

6 Tips for Optimizing DIY Furniture Photography

With the current trend of affordable quality furniture, many amateur photographers have found ways to take pictures of homes filled with DIY furnishings and home decor. You can see a lot of these examples on websites such as Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram, where people can also see […]

The 5 Best Places to Visit in 2018

The 5 Best Places to Visit in 2018

With a new year right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to begin planning an exciting vacation to chase away the post-holiday blues. Before getting into the finer details, however, one must first choose the perfect destination. Narrowing down all of the available options can be overwhelming, but here’s a list of hot and happening spots for the ideal 2018 getaway.

This southern neighbor of the U.S. just landed on the Business Insider list of the most desirable vacation spots of 2018. Take the insider’s tip of visiting the vibrant community of Viales, or check out the action in lively Old Havana. For beach lovers, the coastal resort town of Varadero, on the Hicacos Peninsula, can’t be beaten in terms of scenery and value. Since the future is uncertain in terms of legal travel to Cuba, now is the time to take advantage of all that this country has to offer.

Copenhagen, Denmark
According to Travel + Leisure magazine, travel to the Danish capital of Copenhagen has seen an 80 percent increase over the past decade. See what all the hype is about by visiting this hip and colorful destination for yourself. Incidentally, there’s a good reason for the steady uptick in visitors: Copenhagen has become a culinary hotspot, with more trendy bars and restaurants than most people can pack into a weeklong visit.

Marrakech, Morocco
The bustling haven of Marrakech has long been a favorite amongst romantics and lovers of the nightlife, but now is the ideal time to check this African city off your bucket list. For fashion mavens, the YSL Museum, featuring the life and work of legendary designer Yves St. Laurent, is a must-see. Be forewarned that the website is in French — but if you plan to travel to Marrakech, it’s not a bad idea to brush up on the old francais in any case.

Kuelap, Peru
The walled city of Kuelap

is known as “the Machu Picchu of the North,” and the honorific is well-earned. Built by the Chachapoyas culture in the 6th century AD, these ancient structures provide an awe-inspiring glimpse into South America’s rich history. Plan to spend at least half a day admiring the detailed stonework and intricate carvings of this unforgettable destination.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
It may not be the most exotic destination even by U.S. standards, but this thriving metropolis is having its day in the sun. Not only has it earned a reputation as a foodie haven, with no fewer than 13 James Beard finalists in the year 2017, it will also host Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018. As if all that weren’t enough, this was also the birthplace of the late recording artist known as Prince, and fellow musical legend Bob Dylan attended the city’s University of Minnesota. With credentials like these, Minneapolis offers something for everyone in the coming year.

Whether your travels take you near or far, to the mountains or the sea or somewhere in between, may 2018 be a year of wondrous new beginnings and exciting memories in the making.

Salt Lake City Company Sends 10,000 “Survival” Meals to Florida Hurricane Relief

Salt Lake City Company Sends 10,000 “Survival” Meals to Florida Hurricane Relief

My Patriot Supply is a company that was founded by individuals who had a vision for self-sufficiency and food independence. The company has been focusing mostly on emergency preparedness and foods that are anchored in that area. Due to their commitment to offering good solutions […]

Pacific Palisades Company Shares Secrets to Success on 10 Year Anniversary

Pacific Palisades Company Shares Secrets to Success on 10 Year Anniversary

The Pacific Palisades area is home to wonderful entrepreneurs and good people. Some of these people have shown a core interest in improving the lives of future generations. One of these organizations is the Groza Learning Center, a premier tutoring facility. The center started in 2002 […]

Chicago Tribune – The Role of Chicago Philanthropists in Preserving the City’s Art and Culture

Chicago Tribune – The Role of Chicago Philanthropists in Preserving the City’s Art and Culture

When public funding is in short supply, it is often the case that programs supporting the arts are among the very first to experience the devastating effects of cutbacks. Given the role of arts and culture in shaping Chicago’s remarkably unique and diverse identity, it is perhaps unsurprising that the city’s philanthropists have gone to such great lengths to fill in the funding gaps with the goal of preserving the arts and culture that have always been so central in shaping the Chicago area collectively.

D. Scott Carruthers, a philanthropist who has worked to support similar causes throughout his decades of involvement in diverse philanthropic efforts, offered unqualified praise to those who clearly recognize the importance of arts and culture in establishing a shared and unifying identity successfully highlighting the unique qualities and characteristics found throughout Chicago as well as countless other cities enduring similar issues. Carruthers cited the work of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Baskes Family Foundation, the Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust, and the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation — among an array of other organizations — as critical for ensuring the continued support of Chicago’s art and culture in the face of such sizable challenges.

Although philanthropists like Carruthers are heartened by the consistent support for the arts offered by local giving organizations and other philanthropic efforts, there should be greater concern over the mere fact that programs revolving around arts and culture are largely viewed as too extraneous to be worthy of funding during times in which budgetary constraints are viewed as necessary. There are certainly those who would voice full-throated opposition to funding any project in support of the arts or culture if it meant even the slightest reduction to anything traditionally viewed as essential.

There is certainly nothing wrong with expressing opposing viewpoints, and such expressions should indeed be a welcome component in any discussion regarding the proper use of public funds. Yet it seems that these discussions rarely include an honest evaluation of the substantial societal benefits created when programs revolving around arts and culture are appropriately supported. After all, there is a mountain of evidence suggesting that arts and culture can play a critical role in enhancing public safety.

Several Chicago philanthropists have explicitly cited the significant enhancements to public safety that arise from properly supported arts and culture programs. Through these programs, communities develop greater empathy and become united despite any superficial differences that might exist among residents. These programs also stimulate greater interest in civic involvement and create opportunities for residents to feel personally invested in any effort to improve the safety and well-being of the communities in which they live. It is also possible to foster positive interactions between civic leaders and community members, thereby reducing the adversarial perception often created when residents feel disconnected, overlooked, or underrepresented.

Obviously, Carruthers and other philanthropists are realistic about the issues surrounding public funding and support for programs revolving around arts and culture, which is precisely why they continue to offer philanthropic support with the goal of clearly demonstrating the endless benefits made possible through community engagement in artistic and cultural programs.

7 Historical Must-See Asian Travel Destinations

7 Historical Must-See Asian Travel Destinations

Travel is so eye opening. My travels in Asia left me spell bound and eager to look at life with new eyes. Many ancient sites that I visited filled me with wonder and awe. I focused on peaceful, spiritual sites because I am drawn to […]

My Favorite Beach Destinations

My Favorite Beach Destinations

Hello there, welcome to this series where am going to talk more about holiday destinations, particularly focusing on beach destinations. In the many times, I have traveled the world, I have made it a priority to document the destinations I visit, and some of the […]

19 Great Websites for Wanderlust

19 Great Websites for Wanderlust

Ah, wanderlust, that feeling of wanting, no, needing, to get out and explore our world. Travel is a passion of mine and with that in mind today I’d like to give you my top nineteen websites to inspire your wanderlust, as well as those that can help you follow through on your travel plans.

1. Airbnb

Airbnb is a website that allows you to rent entire homes or a single bed all over the country and the world. Nothing can get you inspired to travel faster than checking out some of the over-the-top homes that are available for rent here. It’s budget-friendly too, and the searches are easily customizable from the number of bathrooms to the amenities.

2. Skyscanner

Skyscanner is the best airfare tracking website around. It’s beautiful web design and a huge number of features all make it a must-have addition to your wanderlust playbook.

3. TripAdvisor

As with any rating websites, you’ll want to take the overall ratings with a grain of salt. However, TripAdvisor provides so many details that you’ll find it useful even if you never read a single review.

4. CDC Travel

The Center for Disease Control travel website can keep you healthy during your travels. With everything from a list of suggested vaccines for each region to emerging disease hotspots, you’ll never feel unprepared to travel again.

5. World of Wanderlust

Named one of the best travel blogs of the year, World of Wanderlust can help you find unique and awe-inspiring trips.

6. The Culture Trip

The Culture Trip provides endless inspiration for some of the most decadent and interesting travel destinations in the world. Their focus on foodie travel is a great feature, and if you travel to eat, this site is for you!

7. Roadtrippers

Roadtrippers is for the old-school, all-American road trips. Roadtripper can help you pinpoint routes, attractions, and lodging so you’ll spend more time seeing and less time searching!

8. AAA Travel

Sure, it might seem old school, but AAA’s Travel website still has some of the best travel information and services around. If you’re already a member anyway, put this membership to work and get a percentage off hotel fees, as well as personalized travel info from their member offices.

9. Spotted by Locals

Spotted by Locals is for those travelers who eschew the tourist sectors of the city and crave a more down to earth, authentic experience from their travels.

10. Airhelp

Airhelp is a website that I hope you’ll never need to use, however, on the increasingly more likely chance that your air travel does become completely scrambled, Airhelp can point you in the right direction and help you figure out your rights as a traveler and your next steps.

11. State Department Travel Website

The U.S. travel.gov website is another one I hope you never need to use, but it is a good place to visit before your trip. It’s also an important one to keep in mind in case things go bad and your passport is stolen, as it has a link to “Emergency Information for Travelers” as well as country specific updates.

12. Rome2Rio

Rome2Rio is a great little gem. This site works by helping you find the cheapest and most direct route to anywhere, say, from Rome to Rio!

13. Mr. and Mrs. Smith

A chic website with a chicer name, Mr. and Mrs. Smith keeps you abreast of the latest deals on luxury and boutique hotels throughout the world.

14. Airline Meals

Completely useless, but absolutely riveting, Airline Meals is a website that features nothing but, you guessed it, airline meals! Their vast library of airline food photos is equal parts fascinating and ridiculous.

15. Our Wild Abandon

Our Wild Abandon is pure inspiration written by a pair of friends who’ve been on the road since 2013. Beautiful photography and genuine connection characterize this stellar millennial travel blog.

16. Viator

If you’re interested in a more structured experience without going full “cruise ship” Viator is for you. Easy to access tours and outings all across the world can be booked here.

17. Atlas Obscura

If you have a yearning to travel to the weirdest destinations then Atlas Obscura has you covered. Everything from medical museums to hidden underground punk history can be found here. This is a great addendum to any trip planning process.

18. Epicurious

Epicurious has a great Dining and Travel section where you can find recommendations for some of the best and most interesting restaurants in the world.

19. National Geographic Traveler

Last but certainly not least, I present to you the granddaddy of travel inspiration, National Geographic. Their travel website highlights amazing destinations and incredible photography from all over our planet.