New Age, Gay Friendly US Destinations

Author: , January 2nd, 2015

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In 1880, a wealthy man by the name of George Washington Vanderbilt II visited Asheville, North Carolina with his mother from New York. While on vacation near the Blue Ridge Mountain range, George had an unusual moment of clarity. He stared out into the woods and decided, at that precise moment, to build a second home. The Biltmore Estate, America’s largest privately owned estate and a top public attraction, is now internationally famous. Interestingly enough, his affluent friends found this quiet corner of Appalachia an odd choice over Upstate New York, which would have been much closer to home. To this day, locals swear it was the vortex and its metaphysical properties that swayed Vanderbilt. That vortex undoubtedly remains in Asheville, as tens of thousands of travelers are magically and mysteriously drawn to the quirky town each year as a place of calm, serenity, and “good energy.”

World-renowned psychic Cari Roy says that energy vortexes are what ancient cartographers called “lei lines” where certain intersections of higher energy cross. “If the globe has nerve centers,” she says, “these would be spiritual energy nerve centers. There’s some magnetic stuff behind lei lines so they literally have higher magnetism.”

Places like Asheville, North Carolina; Sedona, Arizona; and Santa Fe, New Mexico are all known to have vortexes, which may have fostered New Age communities. Dwellers who have lived around these destinations go as far back as Native Americans, who used them as healing spots. There was always a clear interest in these areas, from these earliest inhabitants to the much later rise of the New Age trend.

Full Story at Passport Magazine

US State Department Warns LGBT Travelers to Travel Safely

Author: , February 26th, 2013

US State Department LogoAre you a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender traveler? The US State Department has your back, Metro Weekly reports:

That was the message given Wednesday during the agency’s first ever roundtable concerning LGBT global travel. “It is important for our LGBT citizens to travel safe and smart,” said Janice L. Jacobs, assistant secretary of state for consular affairs, who provided welcoming remarks to the roundtable panelists and participants. Jacobs also acknowledged the economic impact that U.S. LGBT travelers have on the global economy, which various studies have estimated at $50 to $65 billion.

Specifically, the State Department is working on a comprehensive list of how safe each country is for LGBT travelers:

As part of the State Department’s evolving effort to assist and protect LGBT travelers, it recently issued its first LGBT travel advisory that addresses such issues as what documents LGBT individuals and families should carry when traveling abroad, the policy of the U.S. Department of State regarding the passport identity of transgender travelers, and the HIV entry requirements of foreign countries. In addition, the State Department is in the process of updating its Country Specific Information documents to reflect information about attitudes, harassment or arrests relating to LGBT travelers.

So read up on your upcoming destinations, and travel safely!

US Hotel Rates Almost Back to Pre-Recession Levels

Author: , October 3rd, 2011

US Hotel RatesGet ready for hotel rates to rise above pre-recession prices. In the first week of September, the average room rate in the U.S. rose to $107, just short of the high mark of $110 set in March 2008, according to the latest statistics from Smith Travel Research Global in Tennessee.

In Los Angeles, room rates climbed to an average of $127, short of the $133 peak set in summer 2008, according to Smith Travel Research.

Over the last three years, hotel rates have been a moving target. They dropped for 18 straight months starting in the fall of 2008, pushed down by slumping demand and a faltering economy.

Full Story from The LA Times

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