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Been There, Do This: Leopold Museum in Vienna

Been There, Do This: Leopold Museum in Vienna

When most folks think of Austrian art, they imagine the epic paintings of Gustav Klimt. Admittedly, the opportunity to see original Klimt masterpieces is what drew me to Vienna’s Leopold Museum in the first place. While I loved my close-up inspection of Klimt’s “Death and Life,” I left the museum with a feeling of accomplishment: I had discovered a new artist.

Been There, Do This: Haridwar, India

Been There, Do This: Haridwar, India

I landed in Haridwar en route to Rishikesh. Whereas Rishikesh has been embraced by the West (with its unofficial reputation as “Yoga Capital of the World” and even an Oprah-approved wellness retreat taking place in its foothills), Haridwar remains much more of a destination for Hindus.

Been There, Do This: Turquoise Bay in Western Australia

Been There, Do This: Turquoise Bay in Western Australia

I had been following Tourism Western Australia’s popular @WesternAustralia Instagram account for a long time. So, when I finally began planning my trip to WA, crystal-clear water and sandy beaches were among my list of expectations. There was just one catch — my visit was to occur during July, Australia’s winter, so the beaches in Perth and Rottnest Island would not suffice.

Been There, Do This: Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco

Been There, Do This: Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco

Music festivals are only for college students, right? Think again. Sure, you see youthful faces at Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco, but you’ll also find the young at heart rocking out . That’s because Outside Lands doesn’t just offer Top 40 musicians: Nearly every year, one of the headliners is a music legend.

Been There, Do This: Mercado Roma in Mexico City

Been There, Do This: Mercado Roma in Mexico City

During a recent visit to Mexico City, there were several times when I thought to myself: Wow, I wish we had a dining experience like this in Los Angeles. I was surprised to find many locations where the ambience impressed me as much as the food. One such place was Mercado Roma in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, considered by many to be Mexico City’s most “hipster” ‘hood.

Been There, Do This: The Neon Museum, Las Vegas

Been There, Do This: The Neon Museum, Las Vegas

The Neon Museum’s cemetery of signs houses hundreds of other stories tucked into its beautifully curated outdoor display of Las Vegas’ now obsolete neon tradition. Learning about these stories is easy since visitors to the museum must partake in a guided tour. Make sure to book reservations in advance, as tours are known to sell out.

Been There, Do This: Lukla Airport in Nepal

Been There, Do This: Lukla Airport in Nepal

I was preparing for my trip to the Khumbu region of Nepal and wanted to double-check something I had heard about Lukla Airport, the gateway to Khumbu and where most people start their Everest treks. I had only gone so far as typing in “l-u-k-l-a a-” before Google worked its dark magic: “Lukla Airport” was first to appear, followed by “Lukla Airport Crash.”