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If you're looking for an excuse to visit a new city and make a new group of fellow travel-happy, vagabond pals, here's your chance.
Couchsurfing (the "poor man's AirBnb") is hosting a slew of "Couch Crashes" over the summer, special events where members of the free lodging-loaning community can descend en masse on a city to meet up, make friends, and work in some local fun at the same time. Each "Crash," arranged by a Couchsurfing host in that city, lines up a series of activities that between 50-200 participants will take part in.
So, where should you start searching for a futon to lay your head? The three remaining Crashes are coming up in Madison, Wisconsin (tomorrow, July 23 through July 26), Buenos Aires (August 15-17) and Milan (September 24-27). In Madison, Couchsurfers will take a beer, cheese and "Swiss heritage" tour, day trip to a Wisconsin lake, go river tubing and take a pub crawl, among other activities. In Buenos Aires, expect historic tours of the city, day parties and tango to be some of the fun factors. And though the Milan itinerary is still coming together, a "tram party" and "crazy nights" are so far on the agenda.
Head here to learn a little more about the idea, and for details on how to use Couchsurfing to line up a place to stay in one of these cities.
[Photo via Couchsurfing.com]
Beginning tomorrow, from July 23 – 25, logger enthusiasts from across the world will unite in Hayward, Wisconsin for the annual Lumberjack World Championships. Maybe you already know about this extraordinary sporting event. (It does draw about 12,000 spectators!) Or maybe you don't — in which, case check out this video primer below. And then, whether you’re a first-time attendee, a seasoned fanatic or just curious about the world of logging, read on to discover what you need to know about this year’s championship games.
A Little History
The Lumberjack World Championships started in 1960 and have since flourished to become an ESPN-backed phenomenon with loyal fans and competitors. At this year’s games, more than 100 competitors will go head to head for over $50,000 in prize money – one of the top awards for any lumberjack competition in the world.
21 Unique Competitions
If you’re unfamiliar with logging culture, you probably wouldn’t assume there are so many events in the Lumberjack World Championships. The games will show off 21 different areas, from logrolling to pole climbing, chopping to sawing, and the always thrilling boom run competition. A full schedule of events can be found here.
Hey, you guys! It's road trip season, and no trip through America's heartland is complete without snacking your way from state to state. So when we hit the road in Wisconsin with a full gas tank, we wanted to make sure our bellies were just as full — with delicious treats that are synonymous with Dairy-land.
Naturally, the majority of our snacks featured homegrown dairy from any number of farms that call the state home. This is Wisconsin: Don't forget the cheese, glorious cheese! But we'd also recommend treating your taste buds to other special fare like tasty fruit, fresh fish and local beef. Here were some of our favorite bites, and where to find them.
Wisconsin already dominates the world of dairy, and now it looks like they’re working on ruling social media, too.
Earlier this week The Shorty Awards, which honor the best of social media, announced their winners. For the "Best in Tourism" category, the win went to Travel Wisconsin's #BragBadge Social Listening Campaign.
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If you're passing through the Milwaukee's Mitchell Airport this month, you can help local vets just by stopping at the Southwest Airlines Ticket Counter.
Southwest has teamed up with Funjet Vacations to collect much needed items for Milwaukee's returning soldiers and homeless veterans. All items collected will go directly to the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative. Dental floss, razors, foil, plastic wrap, tissues, toilet paper, soap, deodorant, shampoo, mouthwash, cleaning supplies, towels, and Tupperware are among the home and hygiene products being collected.
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The calendar is quickly approaching harvest season, which means more than just bean soup in a pot and sweet corn on the grill. That corn comes from somewhere, and there's no better place to witness that bounty than in the heartland of the USA. Get in and among the mighty stalks by visiting some of the best corn mazes in the country:
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If you're the sort of person who looks up to the sky at the sound of an aircraft engine, prepare to be nearly catatonic for hours every day at OSH.
"OSH" is the airport code for Oshkosh, Wisconsin's Wittman Regional Airport and the common term for the event formally titled EAA AirVenture, a massive aviation celebration of 10,000 airplanes and half a million people who swamp the tiny town for one week every summer. That week happens to be this week, july 28 - August 3, and we cannot stress hard enough the awesomeness of it all. You should go, if you aren't there already. Make it a long weekend, a day trip, whateverjust make it happen.
Should you heed our advice to give AirVenture 2014 a go, these are the quick and dirty tips to getting to the most of OSH:
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For one week this summerJuly 28 - August 3the busiest control tower in the world will be the one at a small regional airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
What's so cool about Oshkosh, exactly? Well, all that week runs the "world's greatest aviation celebration," called EAA AirVenture (colloquially just "Oshkosh"), and tens of thousands of participating aircraft take to the skies and ground at OSH. The impressive numbers of flying machines and visitors (nearly half a million!) bestows upon Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport that superlative title and, for a brief summer week, all eyes are on the Midwest.
Although we flew in 2 years ago, last year we road-tripped up from Chicago to see if doing Oshkosh in a day would be possible. And it totally is. Three hours driving each way, $35 in gas, a pit stop to buy cheese curds, $10 in parking at Oshkosh and lots of listening to Sirius radio was all it took to spend the day amongst fields of aircraft (from brand new Honda private jets to vintage warplanes) and under loop-de-loops of the nearly constant aerobatic action.
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Traverse City and the rest of Northern Michigan get all the love when it comes to midwest summer destinations, but don't sleep on Door County, the peninsula that sits directly west across Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. Right, we know what you're thinking. The first thing that comes to mind when someone says "Wisconsin" is winter, and you can get cheese in any supermarket, thank you very much.
This mentality is precisely what makes Door County so enjoyable to visit, the fact that it crushes all your preconceived notions of what Wisconsin is as a state and travel destination. What you'll find during the summer is a mellow, bed-and-breakfast paced community on a peninsula that is comprised of a series of small towns tucked in between dairy farms, wineries, and cherry orchards. You might also remember our story last fall about the restaurant with the goats on the roof. That's a novel place and a staple of the city, and foodies will also appreciate another local favorite, the state's traditional fish boil held "backyard style" during the warmer months.
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People who live in proximity to the coasts have their summers planned out with visits to the Atlantic or Pacific, but those caught in the middle might find a trip to a local lake to be more accessible and more affordable. From Nevada to New York, there are hundreds of lakes to choose from, so be sure to investigate what lies within a few-hour drive of wherever you call home. Below, we feature three that we can recommend as great weekend getaways:
Thinking of where to go this spring and summer—how about Wisconsin? Okay, we understand that it might not have the appeal of the Caribbean or Europe, but their latest tourism campaign has put the state back on our radar.
Take a break from the cubicle this morning and watch the tourism board’s latest attempt at humor and getting visitors into the state. They do their best to do a little remake of Airplane! complete with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Hays doing their thing.
The fall foliage is starting to get ridiculous across the country (okay, minus Florida and Southern California), each impressing in its own way. The trees and colors of Colorado, for example, are much different than the display you’ll see in Upstate New York.
These two photos illustrate those differences well, from the colors themselves to the vividness with which they come through. The first is from the mountains of Colorado near Glenwood Springs, and the latter from a recent trip to Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin. Beautiful!
We showed you ours, now we want to see yours! Got a photo you think rivals these two? Tweet it to us @Jaunted or post it to our Facebook wall. Who knows -- it might just make an appearance on our site as we collect the best of the best in the coming weeks.