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Flying Business Class With Qatar Airways

Flying Business Class With Qatar Airways

Though I’ve long lost count of the number of flights under my belt, I still find myself staring in wonder through the plane window each time. Despite this gratitude, I’ll (sheepishly) admit that a flight lasting 10-plus hours is not my favorite thing. However, when I flew from Dallas to Doha, Qatar, with the award-winning Qatar Airways, a part of me actually didn’t want to leave the plane.

Been There, Do This: Brooklyn Flea in New York City

Been There, Do This: Brooklyn Flea in New York City

When in New York City, you would be remiss to not make a stop in Brooklyn to check out its artisanal, handcrafted and locally made, well, everything. Overlook the borough’s elitist reputation and wander into some of its delightfully hip bookstores, thrift shops, bodegas and boutiques, such as Twig Terrariums in Gowanus, which sells custom and DIY moss terrariums.

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: Dog Eared Books in San Francisco

Been There, Do This: Dog Eared Books in San Francisco

In a city chock-full of bookstores, Dog Eared Books still manages to stand out. The San Francisco shop has used books on almost every topic you can imagine — from architecture to dance to travel — in addition to a great selection of new releases still available at affordable prices.

Been There, Do This: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Been There, Do This: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

With a single step into Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG), I felt like I had departed Earth and arrived on another planet. While Mars has its rust-colored dust and Jupiter holds a cloudy, vaporous composition, PMG is covered with tiles, glass bottles, china, folk-art statues, bicycle parts, shards of mirrors and other recycled items. Scarcely an inch of surface is left untouched.

Been There, Do This: La Barbecue in Austin, Texas

Been There, Do This: La Barbecue in Austin, Texas

Now, I’m no barbecue expert by any means. But I do know that my heartbeat accelerates when I spot the words “pulled pork” on a menu. Plus, when I was a college student, my mom would unabashedly bribe me to visit by promising a plate piled high with ribs upon my arrival. (It worked.) Though Austin City Limits may have been the initial reason for my trip to Austin, Tex., satisfying my deep craving for authentic Texas barbecue was, in truth, my top priority.

Been There, Do This: Marina Fun in Lake City, Minnesota

Been There, Do This: Marina Fun in Lake City, Minnesota

This may come as a surprise to some, but there quite a few worthwhile things to do in the Midwest — especially on scenic Highway 61, a designated Great River Road for much of its 1,400-mile stretch. For a spot with a view and a dip in the Mississippi River, stop at Lake City, Minn.

Been There, Do This: Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, New York

Been There, Do This: Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, New York

A New York trip doesn’t feel quite right without a visit to its mecca. But when I’m visiting my family out on Long Island, I’m not always afforded time for a solo train ride out to Manhattan, or I can’t convince my mostly elderly relatives to tag along. What’s more, it can be difficult to interest my grandma — who is still considerably spritely at 87 years old — in anything too adventurous.