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What do you wear to Seven Magic Mountains?

Seven Magic Mountains is an art installation located in the Nevada desert, and the weather can be quite hot and dry. Therefore, it is recommended to wear comfortable and breathable clothing, such as shorts, t-shirts, and sandals or sneakers. You may also want to bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. It's also a good idea to bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated. While there is no strict dress code, it's important to dress appropriately for the weather and…

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What is global entry?

Global Entry is a program that allows pre-approved travelers to expedite the process of entering the United States.To apply for Global Entry, you must be a citizen or national of the United States, Mexico, or Canada and have a valid passport. You can also be a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.Once you have applied for Global Entry and been approved, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete your interview appointment at any U.S. Customs and Border…

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What is the most historical place in india?

The most historical place in India is the Taj Mahal. The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan commissioned the building of this beautiful mausoleum for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died while giving birth to their 14th child. The Taj Mahal took 22 years to build and is considered one of the world's most iconic buildings.Other historical places include the Red Fort in Delhi and Qutub Minar in Delhi. These sites were built during the Mughal Empire and are known for their architectural beauty.

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The Ultimate Travel Writing & Photography Retreat, Charleston, South Carolina, June 18-21, 2022

The Ultimate Travel Writing & Photography Retreat, Charleston, South Carolina, June 18-21, 2022If you want to boost your travel writing skills to a new level this workshop is for you. We'll focus on travel writing and photography - how to write exciting travel stories and create photo galleries that editors will love. This interactive course features lectures, writing exercises, in-the-field tours, group readings & discussions, and hands-on experience. You’ll also receive on-on-one feedback and…

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  • To me as a Brit, if I say "I'll be down at the local," I am referring only to a pub. It wouldn't be anything else. The "local" I would say is typically a place you can walk to (and stagger back from some might say) or at least it's the nearest pub to where you live. Wouldn't matter if that pub was part of a chain or one of a kind, it would still be the closest to where you live and therefore "local" to you. My two cents (1.3 UK pence) worth.... Saying "my local" is often a sign of affection.
  • Hi folks, thanks for replying. The British usage doesn't bother me, as it's actually a noun that stands by itself: look at definition 2(c) on Merriam-Webster.com: British : a nearby or neighborhood pub of course.

    What bothers me is how it's vastly overused as an adjective in front of the words "bar" and "restaurant." Judy makes a great point -- it's a way to differentiate it from chain restaurants, which are a plague in our country. And this usage to me makes sense. But then would you call Nobu a local restaurant, because it's not a big chain? Probably not, right?

    Still not sure what the answer is. Personally, I would propose banning usage of the word "local" in this context altogether, but of course I'm just a dog with a lei around his neck and nobody's going to listen to me!
  • The 'local', as mentioned Allan, is a common term here in the UK, and gets used widely in the way he mentions. In my writing I tend to only use the term 'local restaurant' (or similar), to explain a location of an establishment relative to where I happen to be. It's not something I use generally, but in the context of 'I decided not to eat in the hotel, but instead found a local restaurant...', then I can see it's worth. Incidentally, is it just me, or does the term 'bar' seem a particularly American term?
  • I think a lot of us use "local" to designate a restaurant or bar that is not part of a chain, especially one that did not originate in that area. Fuzzy writing, i agree.
  • My British friends always refer to their "local", meaning the pub they frequent. It doesn't mean it's the pub in their neighbourhood. For example, my friend A has a "local" for lunch. It's on the backside of the block on which his office is located. If he's "in town' and says to meet him at his "local" and it's an evening or weekend, I know where to go. Or he might suggest we meet up at so-and-so's "local". Again, I know where to go.

    I have used "local bar" to describe a place to someone not familiar with the place and wouldn't know that The King's Arms is a pub. It could be an inn, a restaurant or a pub.

    As for personal belongings, yeah, I'd rather they invited me to take someone else's belongings 'cause I'm pretty sure what's in that Louis Vuitton bag is better than what's in my Mountain Co-Op.
  • Can you guys help settle an argument? I was having brunch with a friend who also writes, and we got into this big long argument about the expressions "local bar" and "local restaurant." It started when I told him I HATE the expressions, I find them meaningless and overused, especially by... us travel-writing types (I confess, I've caught myself using them too!). But...

    What the heck is a "local" bar? I can't define it, can you? I've even tried to define it by what it's not. WHAT IS THE OPPOSITE OF A LOCAL BAR? Is it a regional bar? An international bar? Can anyone tell me??

    A bar is a bar and a restaurant is a restaurant, and each is "local" to wherever they happen to be located! It's almost as if the words "local bar" have become fused as one word in writers' minds, and you can't say "bar" without sticking "local" in front of it. So maybe we should spell it "localbar."

    It's like when you're deplaning and they remind you to take your "personal belongings." That too drives me nuts. As opposed to what, my "impersonal" belongings? Or somebody else's belongings? Doesn't "your belongings" say it clearly enough?

    I know there are much bigger issues out there right now, but using language well and precisely should always be our goal, no? Can you guys shed some light on this? My friend kept defending the usage, but couldn't tell me exactly and convincingly what the heck these words mean.
  • I will be on assignment in Paris for "30 Days In Paris" for the month of October. Any of you located in Paris? Let's get together! Maybe we can do some cross promotion.
  • South Africa is experiencing high levels of Rhino Poaching for its horn. 160 Rhino's killed this year already - highest in 15 years. Visit my blog for the report www.safarichatter.com
  • Heading to Taiwan on a press trip. Have confirmed assignments but I can always use more ;)--Will cover food, Jewish topics and luxury properties, and business class travel on EVA Air.
  • I want to get back to Jose Balido's question about France's dress codes and freedom of expression. Aren't there times when the issue is neither repression nor expression, but consideration? What, if any, is our responsibility as travelers?
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