Japan National Stadium for the Olympic Games

  Editor’s Note: We share travel destinations, products and activities we recommend. If you make a purchase using a link on our site, we may earn a commission. The newly erected Japan National Stadium for the Tokyo Olympics. Photo from Wikipedia by Arne Müseler 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo kick off July 23, 2021, a year late, thanks to the COVID pandemic. The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are finally starting – in 2021. The July 23-Aug. 8 games were postponed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be held without spectators. They will be followed by the Paralympic Games Aug. 24-Sept. 5. The opening ceremony will take place from 8 to 11:30 p.m. (Tokyo time) on July 23.

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The World’s Most-Wheelchair Accessible Cities

With nearly 15% of the global population – around 1 billion people – living with a disability, highlighting accessibility is more important than ever. July is Disability Pride Month, but it’s imperative that we keep the conversation going year-round. Luckily, authorities cities and countries around the world are making strides to be more accommodating and accessible to both citizens and visitors that require special assistance. There is still a long way to go, of course, but some destinations serve as excellent examples of how to do accessibility right. Read on for some of the most wheelchair-accessible cities around the world. The Most Wheelchair-Accessible Cities in the World Singapore Singapore is the most accessible city in Asia and a leader across

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Explore the Top Wine Regions of France

Editor’s Note: We share travel destinations, products and activities we recommend. If you make a purchase using a link on our site, we may earn a commission. France has a reputation as one of the world leaders when it comes to wine-making for good reason. Numerous winemakers have been perfecting the cultivation and production through family wineries for centuries. They have managed to produce wines of every style and quality level. At the same time, some of the best wines in the world are produced in the wine regions of France. Vineyards occupy huge areas, so it’s nearly impossible to come to France without seeing at least a part of that wine magic. Exploring the wineries and fairy-tale villages of

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10 Olympic Host Cities You Should Visit

At this point, most people know that the Tokyo Summer Olympics won’t have typical spectators, crowds and international travelers. But we’re feeling optimistic over here, and we know that very soon people will be able to lace up their travel boots and hit the road again. Here are some former (and future!) host cities that you might want to visit. Barcelona, Spain 1992 One of the many improvements Barcelona implemented specifically for the ‘92 summer games are the city’s fabulous beaches. Setting that tidbit aside, the city has never lacked for culture, dining and tourist attractions. Visit some of Spain’s most spectacular architecture (La Sagrada Familia comes to mind), or just relax in the many bars and restaurants of the

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La Paz Mexico Offers Culture, Eco-Tourism & Abundant Natural Beauty

  Editor’s Note: We share travel destinations, products and activities we recommend. If you make a purchase using a link on our site, we may earn a commission. The brilliant sun shines down on the turquoise waters of the bay. The smell of fresh sea salt engulfs the air, and the wind whips its way between the palm trees lined across the boardwalk. The city of La Paz, Mexico feels alive, constantly being revived by the ocean’s breath, as it encases this little city by the sea. I stroll down the boardwalk, searching for a local café, listening to the bustle of the morning commute. I’m entranced by the city I now call home. Baja Peninsula is one of the

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Ronda, Spain Will Steal Your Heart and Insist on Your Return

  Editor’s Note: We share travel destinations, products and activities we recommend. If you make a purchase using a link on our site, we may earn a commission. A story I wrote begins with a quote from the late Hollywood actor and filmmaker, Orson Welles. It goes something like, “A man does not belong to the place where he is born but to the place where he chooses to die.” A couple of versions exist, as there are differing accounts of the actor’s burial. One is on the family farm of renowned Spanish matador, Antonio Ordonez in Ronda, Spain. The other has Welles’ ashes scattered in Ronda’s Plaza de Toros—ostensibly the oldest bullring in Spain. Plaza de Toros—the oldest bullring

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The Safest Destinations for LGBTQ+ Travelers

As Pride Month winds down, we want to talk about travel from the lens of queer safety and security. What are the safest destinations for LGBTQ+ travelers? Should we take this into account when we are planning future trips? How does our visit impact the local LGBTQ+ community before, during, and after we're there? Depending on where we live, it can be easy to forget that not every country has open and accepting policies, laws, or attitudes toward everyone. With our world views growing wider – and hopefully more tolerant – it's more important than ever to take an intersectional look at travel. We do not exist in a vacuum. The choices we make – where we visit, how we

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