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About This Blogger

Akila McConnell's mind expands as she travels and eats her way around the world. "Where food and travel intersect." She is the About.com expert on Food Travel and writes for her own blogs, The Road Forks and The Road Unleashed, as well as many other online and print publications.

AkilaMcConnell's Blogs

7 Great Reasons to Visit Alaska in August

1. Get Shoulder-Season Deals While the Weather’s Still NiceEven though the Alaska climate is quite pleasant in late August, many day-tour companies an...
08-08-2017
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Antigua 101

If Antigua doesn’t roll off your tongue when you talk about your next Caribbean vacation, settle into that armchair and do a bit of daydreaming with m...
05-12-2017
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Los Cabos: 4 Ways to Go Beyond the Ordinary

If you’re over the average Spring Break trip, consider Los Cabos, Mexico instead. Made up of the twin towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, L...
03-17-2017
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Incredible Snow Festivals Around the World

If your kids fancy a real-life Frozen-themed world, or if you never got over your obsession with sand castles, or you just want to find something real...
02-07-2017
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Big Game Travel Guide: 48 Hours in Houston, Texas

Houston will be bursting with activity as the Big Game hits town. Whether you’re gearing up for a spectacular weekend participating in all the Big Gam...
01-31-2017
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Unique Places to Count Down to New Year’s

Naturally, you could go to Times Square or Central London to welcome 2017, but you’d be packed in with hundreds of thousands of other people. Instead,...
12-28-2016
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Post-Holiday Yoga Retreats

A week of rejuvenation is the perfect way to shed the stress of the holidays. Ceck out four yoga retreats, each focused on a different type of travele...
12-27-2016
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The Northern Drakensberg Traverse

The Drakensberg mountain range stretches over 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) in South Africa, reaching from Lesotho to the KwaZulu-Natal. It’s a gorgeou...
12-13-2016
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Why You Need to Go To Cinque Terre

Five medieval villages cling to the cliffs of the Italian Riviera, overlooking Mediterranean blues and greens with hiking trails connecting the towns ...
11-08-2016
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Semester at Sea: The Ultimate Semester Abroad

Forget about visiting just one country for a semester. During a Semester at Sea, students explore 10 to 12 countries while learning about global econo...
10-07-2016
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4 Things You Need to Know About the Mount Kailash Pilgrimage

As a sacred place in four religions: Bon, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism; Mount Kailash is considered one of the world’s most important pilgrimage sit...
09-28-2016
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The Best Movie Tours for 5 Fan Favorite Movies

The movie has ended, the popcorn is stale, but, for the avid fan, you can relive the experience by visiting filming locations and finding the real wor...
08-30-2016
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5 Largest American Music Festivals

Summer invokes images of a lot of things: vacations at the beach, melting ice cream cones and long hot days. But there is another summer movement gain...
08-23-2016
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How to Score a Great Airbnb Stay This Summer

In summer 2015, 17 million guests stayed at Airbnb rentals in 57,000 cities, relying on the generosity and hospitality of Airbnb hosts. But as popular...
08-08-2016
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The Best Restaurants at the 3 Busiest Airports in the USA

Traveling this summer? Then, you’ll likely end up at one of the top 3 airports in the country. 100 million people make their way through these top 3 a...
05-26-2016
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The Travel Bucket List for 6 Types of Travelers

There are loads of travel bucket lists out there; after all, there’s even an acclaimed book called 1001 Places to See Before You Die based on the buck...
01-08-2016
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Traveling With the Whole Family? Head to These 4 Destinations!

When the whole family travels --- from grandparents to baby --- it can be challenging to find a place that everyone will love. Toddlers won’t be inter...
11-23-2015
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Six Essential Fall Food Festivals

Forget sweaty days and blazing heat: fall is here! And, some of the year’s best food festivals come with the cooler weather. Loosen those belts becaus...
09-24-2015
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Travel Innovations for Foodie Fathers

If the man in your life loves food and travel, then, this Father’s Day, treat him right with a gadget that he can carry with him on his next trip. For...
06-17-2015
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3 Off The Grid Destinations for Book Lovers

Plugs plague us. Sometimes it feels like social media, e-mail, and the Internet follow us everywhere we go. If the last great thing you read was your ...
06-08-2015
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Irish Travel

Ireland is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations, with good reason. Green rolling hills, flowing Guinness, adorable villages, and lively...
03-16-2015
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Two Delicious Honeymoon Destinations for Foodies

Photo credit flickr.com/allegra_riccioAfter the craziness of wedding planning, the champagne toasts and slices of cake, and the last hurried hugs to a...
02-27-2015
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Cruising With Dogs

Cruises have gone to the dogs! If you can’t stand traveling without your furry companions, consider cruising with pets. There are a few cruise ships w...
02-02-2015
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The Five Biggest New Year’s Eve Parties In The World

While sitting in your pajamas on the couch watching a fireworks display might be comfy, millions of people all around the world hit New Year’s parties...
12-22-2014
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Traveling With Pets for the Holidays

Many dogs and cats will be traveling along with the 24 million Americans hitting the road and skies for the holidays. Transportation Security Administ...
11-26-2014
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Awesome Autumnal Festivals and Events Across the World

Fall brings cooler weather, sweaters, boots, and a slew of festivals around the world. This fall, celebrate the morning miracle that is coffee, launch...
11-04-2014
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