15 Father-Son Getaways to Bond Over

When the third Sunday in June looms, it’s time to celebrate the man who molded you into the man you are (or will one day become). There are few better ways to nurture the bond between a father and son than spending quality time together, and one of the best ways to pay tribute is to plan a generation-bridging getaway, just the two of you. Whether you want to take your old man on a trip or you are the Dad who wants to hang with his son, here are some ideas to inspire you for Father’s Day.
1. Head to Lynchburg, TN
“What?” you ask. Why would anyone want to take the time to travel to some small town in Tennessee to bond with their father? Because Lynchburg is the home of Jack Daniel’s, the best whiskey made in America. With some excellent golf courses scattered throughout the area, there’s more to Lynchburg than simply whiskey.
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We Heart New York But It Has Some Dumb Rules

Ah, New York State, home to the capital of world culture, New York City. Remember, though, there’s more to the Empire State than just the Big Apple. There are plenty of other towns in the region that aren’t quite as cosmopolitan as NYC. You may think of New York as the home of modern enlightenment and worldliness, but the state has its fair share of stupid laws on the books. Granted, many of these silly rules are old and rarely enforced, but if you’re not careful you just might be breaking the law.
1. Problems With Marriage
The laws that govern the state are still a little arcane when it comes to matrimonial bliss. According to the official rules, adultery is still a criminally punishable offense. What’s more, if a married couple files for divorce, they’re not allowed to use “irreconcilable differences” as their motivation unless both parties agree.
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13 Strange Disappearances in the National Parks System

Across the United States, more than 25,000 tracts of land are under the protection of some form of the United States government. That’s nearly half a million square miles of forest, prairie, and desert that’s folded into the nation’s protected areas. That’s a lot of land that’s nearly devoid of regular human interaction. Just because you’re walking on protected land doesn’t mean you are safe. There are a lot of mysteries floating through the country’s National Parks system and the authorities are not that forthcoming with details on unsolved cases. Not to dissuade you from enjoying these wonderful landscapes, but here are some eerie clusters of mysterious disappearances that have happened in certain parks and forests over the decades. Wild speculation has ranged from alien abductions to Sasquatch encounters to government conspiracies. Sound farfetched? Read on and judge for yourself.
1. The Calm Young Lady
Devil’s Den State Park is a beautiful, but unforgiving bit of land in Arkansas that’s claimed several lives over the years. But one story had a happy yet strange ending. In 1946, eight-year-old Katherine Van Alst wandered off from her family’s camp site and got lost. Though a search party scoured the area, the little girl wasn’t found for six full days, a length of time that should have been a death sentence. When she was found, though, the girl walked calmly out of a cave and simply announced, “Here I am,” without remembering any details of what had happened to her.
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13 Strange Disappearances in the National Parks System

Across the United States, more than 25,000 tracts of land are under the protection of some form of the United States government. That’s nearly half a million square miles of forest, prairie, and desert that’s folded into the nation’s protected areas. That’s a lot of land that’s nearly devoid of regular human interaction. Just because you’re walking on protected land doesn’t mean you are safe. There are a lot of mysteries floating through the country’s National Parks system and the authorities are not that forthcoming with details on unsolved cases. Not to dissuade you from enjoying these wonderful landscapes, but here are some eerie clusters of mysterious disappearances that have happened in certain parks and forests over the decades. Wild speculation has ranged from alien abductions to Sasquatch encounters to government conspiracies. Sound farfetched? Read on and judge for yourself.
1. The Calm Young Lady
Devil’s Den State Park is a beautiful, but unforgiving bit of land in Arkansas that’s claimed several lives over the years. But one story had a happy yet strange ending. In 1946, eight-year-old Katherine Van Alst wandered off from her family’s camp site and got lost. Though a search party scoured the area, the little girl wasn’t found for six full days, a length of time that should have been a death sentence. When she was found, though, the girl walked calmly out of a cave and simply announced, “Here I am,” without remembering any details of what had happened to her.
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10 Shrewd Things NOT to Do on a Kenyan Safari

Visitors to the wilds of Kenya should take time to investigate what things they should and should not do during their safari. Too often people forget that life in the wild is nothing like life in the suburbs. A Kenyan safari is a bucket-list experience, but it’s a serious undertaking that should be approached with care and caution. While advisories warning against travel to Kenya have been issued in light of recent incidents, many tourists continue to flock to Masai Mara, Tsavo, Lake Nakuru and other reserves unscathed, and enjoy a trip of a lifetime. If you are planning to visit Kenya and its untamed landscapes, be sure to keep the following safari tips in mind.
1. Don’t Leave the Vehicle or You Might be Lunch
While that sleeping lion might seem yards and yards away, don’t attempt to get a good close-up by leaving the safety of your vehicle. If you step out of the jeep in the presence of large animals like elephants, rhinos or big cats, you are definitely risking your life. Maintaining a healthy respect for these beasts may be the only thing that prevents you from becoming a snack on the savanna.
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Top Ten Things to See and Do in Cairo

Cairo is steeped in the ancient past, making for a wide array of cultural attractions to take in on a present-day visit. Many people travel to the Egyptian capital to witness its historical marvels, and to experience some of its modern vibrancy too. If you’re planning a trip to this multifaceted city, check out these top things to see and do in Cairo.
1. Giza Pyramids
The Giza Pyramids are among the most popular landmarks in the world and they lie just outside Cairo. As one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, these pyramids attract tourists from all over the planet. The pyramids are among the most recognizable symbols of Egypt and attest to its remarkable past. Out of all the things to see and do in Cairo, you can’t miss this.
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10 Hollywood Honeymoon Hotspots

Looking for some inspiration for a honeymoon or romantic getaway? Check out where the Hollywood who’s who took their post-wedding holidays. If these locations are good enough for these A-listers, they no doubt have the caché for you and your special someone too. You might not have their deep pockets or connections to get into the best hotels, but you can follow in their famous footsteps to at least enjoy the same regions. Here are ten celebrity honeymoon destinations around the world to stir your own travel dreams.
1. Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Tanzania
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake (Everett Collection / Shutterstock.com)

This actress/crooner couple went on a romantic safari honeymoon back in 2012. They flew to Tanzania by private plane and then took a helicopter to Singita Grumeti, a private game reserve in Serengeti Park. They went wildlife spotting in a 4×4 and even indulged in a hot air balloon ride for a birds eye view on the African landscape. The newlyweds reportedly stayed in the luxurious Singita Sasakwa Lodge and Singita Faru-Faru Lodge throughout their blissful getaway.
The honeymooners took a hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti.

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9 Danger Zones You’d Best Avoid—Don’t Even Click This!

The US State Department and other government equivalents regularly put out warnings on global hotspots they advise their citizens to steer clear of. Most of these are war torn areas or regions where consular support is non-existent. Largely this is sensible advice (for example, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Kenya, Venezuela, Haiti, North Korea, Syria and the Sudan are not the wisest holiday bets at the moment). Then again, sometimes these travel alerts and warnings are a tad alarmist, geopolitically motivated or tarnish a whole country when only a small area is potentially risky. This list is a little different, where the threat to your well-being is due to factors like animals, altitude, disease or disaster. Here are 9 non-war-related danger zones around the world with particular hazards that should ward off even the most intrepid traveler.
1. Ilha de Queimada Grande, Brazil
Rio is getting a bad rap at the moment for its World Cup furor and uptick in crime. However, it’s another area of Brazil that screams “keep out” as no amount of street smarts could prevent its deathly peril. Ilha de Queimada Grande is an island less than 100 miles off the coast from São Paulo that is frighteningly noteworthy because it is literally crawling with snakes (or should that be slithering?). Not just any snake, but the endangered, endemic and deadly golden lancehead pit viper. It grows to half a meter long and transmits a quick-acting venom that melts the flesh around the bite and leads to an almost certain death. Estimates say there is one to five snakes per square meter on this nightmarish island, so you’re chances of encountering one while here are pretty much guaranteed. That’s why the Brazilian Navy sensibly discourages curious tourists or wayward fishermen from visiting, and only brave herpetologists on a scientific mission are granted permits to explore “snake island.”
Lancehead Pit Viper

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7 Mind-Boggling Mysteries to Visit Around the Globe

With modern technology and science at our fingertips, we like to think we’re know-it-alls. However, there are lots of unanswered questions in the ancient and natural world that still have us stumped. Some of us are compelled to probe the hows and whys to try and explain the enigmas. Others just revel in the WTF of it all. Here are 8 sweet mysteries around the globe that make fascinating destinations to explore and speculate on. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the one to crack the code.
1. Stonehenge, UK
One of the most famous of all mysterious monuments is this iconic rock circle in Wiltshire, England. Archeologists have determined it was built around 2500 BC out of Welsh sandstone, but how the enormous rocks were mined, shaped, transported and positioned here is baffling. Even more cryptic is the question of why. The circular arrangement has been meticulously orchestrated to showcase the summer and winter solstices, an astronomical and engineering achievement seemingly beyond the scope of that primitive time. Stonehenge is firmly on the tourist trail and has a bit of a new age cult-following, especially around those mystical solstices.
Stonehenge at Night, Wiltshire, England

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