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Day Trips to Take from Santa Barbara, CA

With its Mediterranean climate, Mission-style architecture, and small-town feel, Santa Barbara is a can’t miss on any trip to California. But just outside the city lays a multitude of beautiful landscapes and traditional cultures. Here are the best day trips to take from Santa Barbara.
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5 Places to Take a Vino Vacation

If you enjoy a glass of wine on your vacations, there are plenty of destinations that have made wine production an integral part of the local culture. Touring wineries, sampling local delights, and absorbing the sights of rolling countryside vineyards are just some of the wonderful experiences you can have on a wine-themed vacation.

Tuscany, Italy

This picturesque region in northern Italy is one of the most romantic spots to journey through, and boasts some of the world’s best vineyards as well. Stunningly beautiful castles-turned-wineries dot the rolling countryside and produce regional vintages that are sure to delight discerning taste buds. There are many bus tours that make touring wine country easy and fun, and many incorporate the unbeatable Italian cuisine as well.

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Tips for Female Solo Travelers

Modern women have been taking on the world single-handedly and are not simply confined at home anymore. They get their master’s degrees, have their own office, put up their own business—name it, and I’m sure there’s a woman involved. When it comes to traveling, more and more women have become emboldened on taking their own solo trips—and I don’t mean to the nearest store.  It has become a subtle rite of passage for some women to travel on their own to far-reaching places. In fact, a huge number of female solo travelers are baby boomers (born between 1946-1964) and single mothers. Even if you’re neither of the two, if you’re old enough to move out of your parents’ house, you can travel solo.

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Water Skiing: A Brief History

In 1922, a man named Ralph Samuelson used two boards as skis and a long clothesline as a tether to invent the sport of water skiing. For many years, the sport was not widely practiced. But later, in 1966, Samuelson traveled all the way from the Great Lakes of Michigan to the gulfs of Florida performing water skiing shows. Shortly afterwards, the American Water Ski Association was formed and noted Samuelson as the very first water skier. At this point, pontoon boats were not fast enough to pull skiers.

Samuelson didn’t stop there. He also developed a variety of positions in which one can ski. The most successful one is the one that all water skiers avidly practice today: learning back with back straight and the front of the skis elevated off the surface of the water. Ralph also was the first ski jumper. On his first jump, he used greased skis that were four feet in length. He was also the first ski racer and the first to slalom ski. Pontoon boat manufacturers like Manitou Pontoon Boats were still making innovations to increase their speed in order to pull skiers. You can see from the manufacturer’s website that they’ve certainly come a long way. After these many successes, he went on to travel for the next 15 years to teach others how to water ski and to perform shows. After his travels were finished, he did the unthinkable. He was pulled behind a WWI flying boat at 80 miles per hour. This made him the first speed skier.

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