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By Lauren Monitz | Travel & Food Expert | Bylines I've written for various travel and food publications

50 Affordable Trips to Take After You Turn 50

1/51<p>outdoorimages / Shutterstock.com<p>Certain trips are better when you’re young and spry, but most vacations can wait until later in life when you …

Why I Blame Travel For Ruining My Love Life

<i>By: Lauren Monitz</i><p>It's no secret that traveling as a lifestyle is not for everyone. There are a ton of sacrifices you make -- time, money, and relationships. You might strain friendships, but it's especially hard on romantic relationships. Whether you're just in the beginning stages of getting to …

Relationships

The Best Places to See This Dazzling and Colorful Natural Wonder

8 Things You Simply Must Seek Out to Eat and Drink in Boise

This is a sponsored post.<p>A food tour is undoubtedly the best way to get to know a new city. It’s a way to get a feel for the different neighborhoods, …

11 Travel Tours Only the Super Wealthy Can Afford

1/12<p>Rupert Peace / Over Yonder Cay<p>Some people like to budget when they travel, while others like to break the bank. This list is for travelers who …

Visit These 20 Picturesque Coastal Towns for Less Than You Think

1/21<p>Show Thumbnails<p>bluejayphoto / Getty Images<p>People often assume that coastal towns are synonymous with high prices. But if you do your homework, …

Boulder, Redefined: A Look at One of Colorado's Favorite Cities

About 25 miles northwest of Denver on Highway 36, the stunning craggy peaks of the Flatirons and the city beneath come into view. Enter a community …

Living Loki: An Exclusive Interview with the Internet’s Insta-Famous Adventure Pup

Kelly Lund owns one of the most recognizable pets on the planet, but if you met him, you’d never know it. Even more disinterested in fame is Loki …

That Time I Became a Certified Viking in Iceland

One of the best parts of my job is reading about amazing places all day, but at the same time, the countless awesome trips give you serious cabin …

10 Handpicked (and Highly Recommended) Luxury Retreats in South America

South America can be a budget, backpackers paradise, but if you have the means and funds available, a plethora of luxury retreats and experiences …

South America

You Must Try: Stay in a Luxury Cave in Turkey

While sleeping under a bed of rocks may not strike you as particularly fancy (seeing as it is what our ancestors, the cavemen, did on a daily basis), …

Travel

When You Start Getting FOMO of Your Own Life

Aside one lone Instagram post about chickening out on bungee jumping, according to my social media accounts, I’d have you believing I was pretty …

You Must Try: Ski-biking at Night

“It says you have to be an intermediate skier, are we going to be okay?”<p>Asked my friend Nikki who hadn’t been out of the flatlands of Chicago in 10 …

Skiing

Is Travel Selfish? Or Selfless?

I’m not a teacher; I don’t shape young minds and the future of our youth. I’m also not a doctor, preforming medical miracles, taking or extending …

Q&A with S. Lloyd Natof, Great Grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright

If you were asked to name one famous architect in Chicago, undoubtedly the first name that would come to mind is Frank Lloyd Wright. Known for his …

Frank Lloyd Wright

The Golden Ticket: Next Restaurant, the $3,000 Meal

After anxiously awaiting, no stalking the Next website, facebook page and twitter for hints at opening dates, menus or any sneak peak for almost a …

Restaurants

Top 5 Omelettes in Chicago

1 Bongo Room<p>A Wicker Park staple for almost 10 years now, if you’re not going for the decadent and seasonally changing pancakes or french toasts, the …

Brunch

Top 5 Cocktail Menus in Chicago

1 Aviary<p>While much of Grant Achatz’s current hype is centered around Next Restaurant, his soon to be cocktail lounge redefined is earning a buzz in …

Restaurants

Top 5 Caviar Restaurants in Chicago

1 Tru<p>Offering progressive French cuisine at its finest, Tru delivers fresh ingredients, bold creativity and artistic presentation, the caviar …

Restaurants

Perennial’s Vibrant Relaunch with a Virant Touch

Post Chef Ryan Poli’s departure, Perennial was prepared to do damage control. The former Lincoln Park hotspot was completely gutted, redesigned, …

Design

Amaz-ING, the new concept restaurant from the folks at Moto

Ing. It’s everyone’s favorite suffix literally meaning progressive or continuous and the concept behind Chef Homaro Cantu’s newest endeavor. Cantu is …

Restaurants

7 Reasons Istanbul’s our Favorite City on the Planet

Photo via Dennis Jarvis on Flickr<p><b>One of the Most Instagrammed Places in the World</b><p>The Blue Mosque, or officially the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is considered …

Travel

Learning to Mountain Bike in Snowmass, the Mack Daddy of All Single Tracks

They say it’s “just like riding a bike.” That may be true for city bikes, but mountain bikes, not so much.<p>I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’m …

Mountain Biking

From Sun Up to Sun Down: How to Have the Perfect Action-Packed Summer Day in Snowmass

There’s no two ways around it: Colorado summers are legendary. With adventures aplenty and 300+ days of sun a year, if you’re not trying to cram as …

Colorado

7 Photos that Prove Telluride is the Most Magical Place in Colorado (and Maybe the World…)

Photo Credit: Visit Telluride/Ryan Bonneau<p>With spectacular vistas and inspiring landscapes, Telluride is one of those places you never forget. …

Skiing

The Ultimate Travel Adventure: Living on the Edge on the Via Ferrata in Telluride

There are only 4 via ferrata routes in the U.S. – and the one in Telluride just so happens to be over the largest waterfall in Colorado.<p>Via ferratas …

Outdoors

Your Telluride Bucket List: 21 Must-Have Adventures this Summer Season

We may be biased, but we think Telluride is the most incredible place in Colorado. Two towns set to a dramatic backdrop of the San Juan Mountains …

Colorado

7 Common Misconceptions about Zion and St. George

Visiting St. George for the first time, I didn’t know what to expect. I hadn’t spent much time in Utah, but I knew the stereotypes – Mormons and …

National Parks

Canyoneering vs. Rock Climbing – What’s the Difference and Which Should You Try in Zion?

When presented with a list of the outdoor activities in the St. George/ Zion area, your eyes may get a little glossy as virtually every active …