On August 21st 2017, the USA went dark.
A cornerstone of American culture and one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the USA's annual calendar, Thanksgiving is a time of feasting and family celebration. For travellers, it presents an opportunity to see one of the country's most colourful and cosy events, marked as it is with a mixture of family-centred meals and grand parades.
Books have a unique power to move and inspire. When it comes to travel, the written word often infuses us with the desire to have a more authentic, individual experience than the typical holiday offers. Here are 5 books that we think will have you itching to explore the wider world and have incredible encounters that will be etched in your memory for life.
If you had a crystal ball, what would be your predictions for 2017? A reality TV star will become president of the USA?
Ever had the urge to get away and do something totally out of the ordinary? To swap your drive to work with sandboarding down colossal dunes, or your time in the office with rafting through the wilderness? Your knee-jerk reaction those thoughts might be disregard them as flights of fancy - but do you really want to? Do you even have to?
To tip or not to tip? Trust us when we say that there are few social customs in the USA more confusing than tipping. For the majority of Americans, tipping is a normal custom - like adding VAT at the till.
Thanksgiving is one of the USA's most treasured holidays. A time for families to come together, feast and give thanks, it is a wonderful time for experiencing the nation at its most festive. But it's also the perfect time for seeing the country at its oddest - because, while Thanksgiving is very much a mainstream celebration, there are more than a few oddities to enjoy.
Flights to the USA often involve stopovers, which are essentially a chance to explore one of the country's amazing destinations for free. Indeed, stopovers present such exciting opportunities that it is well worth purposefully seeking out indirect flights so you can add an extra few days to your holiday in an inspiring new destination.
The last few months of the year may signal the start of short days and the winter chill for the UK but elsewhere, exciting opportunities abound. November and December are an excellent time for a spot of travelling, particularly if the USA is your destination..
Travelling through red rock desert is something which brings millions of people to the Southwestern United States every year. It is truly a spectacular place to visit, and as varied as any region in the country. I don’t think I have ever run a trip through this region which didn’t leave people in awe. Until you have been here it's hard to understand just how diverse the desert can be. A complex geologic history, differences in elevation and the amazing forces of erosion have created vastly different landscapes all within a few hours of one another. We celebrate these different places by designating many of these areas as national parks and many more as state parks. These levels of protection are there to preserve these areas for generations to come.