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Project, Advertising & Data Manager
Travel

Eight Great Reasons to Visit Maryhill, Queen of the Columbia Gorge

On a clear day you can see … Stonehenge?  From the Pacific Northwest? Sounds outrageous, but it’s true! On a clear day, there’s nothing that compares to the expansive views of the Columbia River Gorge. “God’s country” it’s been called. Sam Hill (who commissioned the full-scale replica of Stonehenge on a bluff above the Columbia River) saw the beauty of this land, purchased 5,300 acres in 1907 and named it Maryhill in honor of his daughter.

When the Friends of Goldendale Observatory host stargazing campouts on a clear night, the amazing views of Maryhill are undeniable. Stargazing campouts are few and far between but if you visit Maryhill, the drive will be well worth the reward. Happen to find yourself in Portland, Oregon? Consider adding this day trip onto your itinerary; just a scenic 100-mile ride east. From the amazing views and art to the award-winning wine and Stonehenge Memorial, here are eight reasons to visit Maryhill.

Content Manager
Travel

Dreaming up the Ideal Vacation: Balancing Spontaneity and a Planned Itinerary

The Colosseum in Rome. The Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Big Ben in London. There are certain iconic sights that you simply “have” to see when you visit destinations. But what about relaxing, exploring, and immersing yourself in the local lifestyle? (This is a vacation, after all.)

Some would argue that the magic of traveling lies in those unexpected moments and through truly experiencing a place through all your senses—and they would have a point. There’s nothing like the laze of sunbathing on the shores of Majorca, napping through the heat of the afternoon alongside locals, or the contented leisure of reading a book for hours in a café, as Parisian daily life bustles around you. When it comes to planning a vacation, it seems like travelers often fall into two camps: the stick-to-the-itinerary traveler and the let’s-see-where-life-takes-us traveler. I’d argue you...

Epublishing Project Manager
Travel

Tips for Traveling with Type 1 Diabetes

I have been diabetic for over 20 years, and with that have learned a few tricks to make traveling with Type 1 diabetes a little easier. I am by no means a world traveler, but over the past 20 years I have taken enough trips to learn what rules to follow, what rules you can break, and what you absolutely cannot live without. Below are five tips that will help you when traveling with diabetes.

Tip #1: Know Your Destination

Make sure that your insurance will cover you wherever you are travelling. If you are traveling abroad, check out the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers, which has some great tips and things that are important to know. Double check that your insurance will cover you overseas; if not, purchase special travel insurance (be sure to include coverage for pre-...

Content Strategist
Technology

DIY Technology: AI-Powered Chatbots

Tools like Chatfuel let you create your own chatbot

This is the second of a series of posts focused on free tools that enable marketers to quickly and easily harness new technologies

Check out the other post in this series here

Another new major technology impacting today’s marketing landscape is Artificial Intelligence, or AI. This is one of the technologies that I think will have the greatest impact on marketing as we move into the future, and it’s already being widely adopted by major brands.

One of the most pervasive ways that brands are utilizing AI now is through chatbots. I’m sure you’ve experienced a chatbot — I use the one in my Bank of America app weekly (the chatbot’s name is, aptly, “Erica”), and I just unsubscribed from my NYT Crossword subscription via chatbot. It’s almost like talking to real...

Content Strategist
Google
Travel

Farewell, Google Trips App

The death of the app is another step forward for Google’s ambitions in travel

In June, the Google Trips app was announced among the most recent internments in the Google Cemetery. The free-standing travel app product that was available for both iOS and Android devices had lived a relatively short life (born 2016), but it had evolved quite a bit in three years, and even garnered some speculation that it could grow into an all-in-one super app thanks to its easy integration of reservation management, itinerary building tool, activity and dining recommendations, and more. But, alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

 

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