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Taking the Dive Against Debris Specialty Course with Project AWARE

This post is a contribution from Project AWARE Foundation written by Hannah Pragnell-Raasch, Program Specialist. Project AWARE mobilizes scuba divers to protect the ocean planet one dive at a time. Its Dive Against Debris Specialty Course educates divers on how to remove and log marine debris to prevent its detrimental effects on marine life and advocate for policy and prevention around the world. Hannah takes us through her experience in the course.

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Guide to Traveling Well in Rhode Island

If you look closely, you’ll see the Ocean State is a traveler’s dream and a history buff’s heaven: Its natural terrain and geography provide countless outdoor activities for vacationers and adventurers alike, its restaurant offering satisfies every foodie’s curiosity, its art scene produces and attracts top creatives, and its history of deeply-rooted dissent leaves no question that general American badassery originated here.

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10 Classic American Road Trips

Nowhere has US culture and travel collided more perfectly than on the classic American road trip. With iconic pieces of the country’s history and pristine natural preservations paralleling the yellow and white lines dashing across the map, hitting the open road is not only one of the best ways to see America, it’s one of the best ways to live and breathe it. From scenic coastal byways to remote stretches between national parks, these 10 classic road trips will take you through some of the most iconic locations around the country.

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Product Review: Tritan Square by Clean Bottle

One of the healthiest things we can do for ourselves is to stay adequately hydrated, and one of the healthiest things we can do for our planet is protect it from our wasteful garbage. At the intersection of the two is a simple habit: using a reusable water bottle instead of the single use plastic variety. We’re always looking for ways to help readers make the switch, so we took Clean Bottle up on their offer to test their new Tritan Square Bottle line.

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10 Spectacular Small-Town Fireworks Displays

While the spectators at big city fireworks shows must face seas of traffic or watch from afar, spectacular small town fireworks displays light up the sky above festivals, parades and more modest crowds in Small Town USA. To get the same explosive show with all the music and fun without the big city hassle, check out some of our favorite shows this Fourth of July.

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Our Place: The Yacht Bar, Dublin

Allen and I had long been looking for our place: a pub or bar with good food, good beer and good people. A place around the corner where our small group of friends would gather after work without question or planning. Our own Central Perk or MacLaren’s. Little did we know the real winner wasn’t on the same block or even in the same town–it was 3600 miles away in Dublin.

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On the Edge of Ireland: The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark

On Ireland’s southwest coast, layers of ancient stone plummet into the sea in two of the most spectacular geological formations in the world: The staggering Cliffs of Moher and the Burren Geopark. These stunning natural attractions draw nearly a million visitors every year, and for good reason.

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Letters from the Cinque Terre

Four years ago, Allen received a letter from Alexa about her experiences hiking the Cinque Terre. He daydreamed that one day he could actually be there with her, and after their recent three-week honeymoon in Europe, he can gladly say he has. This is his letter back to her.

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TriggerPoint NANO Foot Roller Review and GIVEAWAY

Anticipating several hours a day of walking, climbing stairs, hauling 70L backpacks and sitting on planes and trains, Travel Well’s co-founder and I were deciding what to include in our packing list to alleviate such tension and soreness we knew we’d encounter on our three-week trip to Europe. Lucky for us, TriggerPoint reached out to us just before we left to test their new NANO Foot Roller, a travel-friendly therapeutic mini foam roller designed specifically for feet and forearms. We took them up on the offer and brought the NANO with us to give it a go.

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Ireland in a Pint: Touring Dublin’s Historic Guinness Brewery

Just a few steps inside the Guinness Storehouse at St. James Gate Brewery, a sense of its history and grandeur is overwhelming, starting with the 9,000 year lease signed by Arthur Guinness in 1759 displayed in a glass seal in the floor. Circling above the seal are seven floors connected by an interweaving network of escalators and turquise steel beams, rising higher and wider in an atrium the shape of a pint glass. From the ingredients that go into the iconic dark ruby pints to its transportation to the rest of the world to its signature advertising, each floor takes you through a piece of Guinness history. But the best stop of all is at the top.

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Travel Well’s Guide to the Triangle: Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, NC

Often known as a hub of academic and research centers, the Triangle is rapidly growing into a food, brewery and travel destination, too. Whether you’re in downtown Raleigh, Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street or anywhere in between, you won’t have to venture too far to find a food truck rodeo, live outdoor music, big events, great beer and even better food.

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Travel & Wellness for All Abilities: Making the World More Accessible

July 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act becoming law, opening a new world of travel opportunities across the US for people with disabilities. Traveling abroad and staying active in private programs here in the US still pose challenges, but organizations across the globe are working from the ground up to make the world more accessible to people of all abilities. Read more about travel accessibility and three organizations taking a stand.

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From Iron to Ashe: An Active Traveler’s Guide to Richmond, VA

Travel Well spent a weekend exploring Richmond, VA, and we quickly discovered the depth of attractions the city has to offer active travelers once you look below the surface. If you take the time to explore it like a local, Richmond becomes much more than just another historic American city.

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