06 May Where the World Vacations

Spring is here and with it comes the inevitable urge to travel during the upcoming summer months. Though the vast majority of Americans travel domestically, there are still those who wander farther. These are the people who dream of tropical getaways to Mexico, or hiking adventures in the northern wilds of Canada. These are the travelers who don’t feel fulfilled until there is a new stamp in their passport and a new security tag on their baggage. Seasonal wanderlust is hardly limited to Americans. In fact, Europeans are famous for their vacations. It certainly helps to live on a continent full of distinct nations easily reached by a car trip or short plane flight. Interestingly, a study conducted on travel trends for the EU noted that vacation destinations differ by nationality. Here are some of the results. Italians vacation in France. Yep, even Italians need a break from pasta occasionally. They head inland to the mountains and cities of France for a refreshing getaway. British go to Spain. It’s no secret that the Brits love the Mediterranean coast. Tans, tea, and tapas; Spain is the dream destination for everyone looking to escape the grey skies of England. The Irish visit the UK. This is a bit of a surprise until you consider that you can get a round trip from Dublin to London for $50. $50! You can hardly buy a suitcase for that price! Czech tourists choose Slovakia. Though not well known in the US, Slovakia is a gorgeous...

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20 Apr Don’t let the internet ruin your vacation

I recently spent a very nice day out with my friends. Mid-adventure I tweeted a selfie of myself enjoying the scenery to the internet. De rigueur, wouldn’t you say? A standard amount of likes came in, but nowhere close to my top posts. I kept checking my phone periodically, but found myself with few comments to reply to. As the day progressed I puzzled over my vague dissatisfaction, not with the experience (it was a truly lovely day), but with why I found it necessary to receive affirmation from my online followers. I was happy in the moment. The day was beautiful, the trip progressing perfectly. Why wasn’t that enough? We live in an age of hyper-connectivity. Studies have been done about the constant presence of computers and their effect on our brains (check out this Invisibilia podcast on the topic.) College students are given seminars on how their online presence can make or break a career, and children in elementary school are given tips on how to deal with cyber bullying. I’ve paid attention to the discussions, but haven’t allowed them to panic me. I keep my Facebook security settings high, and think twice before I tweet. I’ve also made a concentrated effort to not use my phone during mealtimes, but it wasn’t until the day out with my friends that it became clear I have more work to do. Specifically, I need to stop letting the Internet throw off my groove. Allow me...

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18 Aug Gotta Get A Getaway

While Paris is one of the world’s greatest cities and an absolute must-see, France’s charm lies in its quaint towns and villages. Whether it’s throughout the French Alps or along the Northern coasts, you’ll always find beautiful buildings and friendly people throughout. And the journey to and from them is half the fun! Take a look at Panrimo’s top 7 French getaways. 7.) Marseille France’s second largest city, Marseille has been designated one of Europe’s cultural capitals. The city is quite different from the rest of France, and is actually proud of this distinction. Marseille is known for its opera houses, several museums and art galleries, and numerous cinemas, bars, clubs, and restaurants, making this unique destination a fantastic weekend getaway. 6.) Besançon Nestled along a bend in the River Doubs, Besançon is an ancient village that’s managed to remain well-preserved over the years. In pre-Roman times, the city was already the capital of the surrounding area. When Julius Caesar conquered France, he declared Besançon “the jewel in my crown.” Now, Besançon is a thriving city, with a large university, two major museums, and the Citadel, a UNESCO Heritage Site consisting of a massive 17th century military structure stretching across a massive outcropping of rock above the River Doubs. 5.) Les Baux One of the most beautiful sights in France, the village of Les Baux de Provence sits atop a huge outcropping of rocks overlooking the expansive plains below. While the village relies on tourist visitors...

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