11 Easy Family Trips From Philadelphia


So much of parenthood is about negotiation, and some things — like where you’re going to spend your precious free weekends — are worth standing your ground on. Thanks to Philly’s proximity to mountains, lakes, cities and surf, a quick family getaway can truly have a little something that works for everyone. (Rejoice! You don’t have to suffer through another weekend of waterparks and bad buffets.) Here, 11 vacations where you’ll get to slow down, the littlest members of your family will be entertained, and everyone will be happy to break out of the daily grind.

Edited by Ashley Primis

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A TSA Agent’s Guide to What Not to Wear to the Airport


Cute but not so conducive to running for your gate. | Shutterstock.

There are few places bleaker than the last spot in the interminable, spaghetti-snaking airport security line in late summer. And at some point, we’ve all been that guy, the one who holds up the small army of single-file impatients because we forgot about the water bottle in our bag, the laptop underneath all contents of the backpack, or the portable Mace in our purse (me).

Fact of the matter is, poor clothing and carry-on choices make for slow lines, disgruntled travelers, and (some) understandably miserable airport personnel. That’s we love these tips from a TSA agent on what not to wear to the airport and why.

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How I Ate Pastries Every Day on a Trip to France and Didn’t Gain Any Weight



If you’re at all concerned about watching your weight, traveling is typically a danger zone: You eat out for every meal, you might not have great access to fruits and vegetables and, oftentimes, you aren’t able to keep up with your normal exercise routine. So when I found out I was going to be in France for nine days this summer with my family, of course I was thrilled, but at the the same time, alarm bells started going off in my head. I’m very health-conscious but, at the same time, enjoying food is so important to me. I face this to-indulge-or-not-to-indulge dilemma enough at home in Philly, so I wondered, How would I ever be able to truly enjoy the famously decadent French cuisine without packing on pounds?

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Elon Musk Wants to Transport Humans at 700 MPH Through Steel Vacuum Tubes

A Tesla Motors mockup of the Hyperloop.  (http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_attachments/hyperloop_alpha3.pdf)

A Tesla Motors mockup of the Hyperloop. (http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_attachments/hyperloop_alpha3.pdf)

Elon Musk is at it again. The Tesla and SpaceX founder now wants to transport people at 700 mph through steel vacuum tubes. Seriously. Maybe it’s the future of travel, maybe it’s a jet-powered potato gun.

If the Hyperloop actually works, it could transport someone from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 30 minutes. (That’s a nearly six-hour drive or a one-hour-and-20-minute plane ride.) Check out detailed plans here. Read more »

Amtrak Service May Not Be Restored For a Week: Experts

Emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia.

Emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia.

The Amtrak train derailment has not only left at least seven people dead and many more injured and missing, it’s also stifled travel for many businesspeople along the Northeast Corridor.

Here’s what we know: Amtrak has stopped service between Philadelphia and New York. It’s offering modified service between Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, and New York and Boston.

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WATCH: YouTube Documentary Chronicles Questlove’s Trip to Cuba

Philly-bred Roots drummer Questlove took a trip to Cuba earlier in the year, and the whole thing is chronicled in a new documentary by Okayplayer that you can now watch on YouTube.

The film was directed by Jauretsi and Daniel Petruzzi. A synopsis: “In addition to two nights of DJing, Questlove made good use of his time in Havana, engaging in extensive cultural research both by digging up some classic Cuban-made vinyl and by visiting the legendary EGREM studios, where most—if not all—of those classic sessions were recorded.”

Check out the 13-plus-minute video above.

New York City: A Travel Guide for Savvy Philadelphians

Photo by Susanne Kremer

Photo by Susanne Kremer

We’ve got the Pope. We’ve got the millennials. We’ve got Top Chefs. You know what all that means? We don’t need to be frenemies with the Big Apple anymore; we can truly enjoy it for what it is — one of the best cities in the world that also happens to be Philly’s most convenient urban getaway. Read more »

No Small Talk: Inside the Mind of a Philadelphian Abroad

Photo illustration | Alex Rehoric; Photo | Shutterstock

Photo illustration | Alex Rehoric; Photo | Shutterstock

I should start by saying that, by Philadelphia standards, I am perfectly nice.

When in my natural habitat, out there in the wild among you people, I’m somewhere between inconspicuous and pleasant. I have been known to save spots in grocery store lines, hold doors on the El and even, on occasion, nod good morning to the new couple in my apartment building.

Considering I grew up in the Great(est) Northeast, this makes me a downright snuggly Miss Congeniality. Read more »

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