I went to Aruba looking for what I couldn’t find online: something outside the tourist infrastructure, something off-the-beaten-path.
I found wildly beautiful nature, vivid street food, and generous people. There is an Aruba off the tourist track. And it’s worth exploring. Despite over a million tourists per year on a 70 square mile island, some of the best beaches aren’t crowded, some of the tastiest food is cheap, and some of the most fun things to do are free. But you’ll need a sense of adventure to experience them.
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If you have a road trip planned this summer, consider starting in the lonely plains of Northern Indiana, where few tourists ever go. It’s my birthplace. Though I longed to leave it as kid (and did), I still know the good spots.
In order to tell you what they are, I have to start with a winter tale. Here’s how it goes.
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Just over the Mississippi River, where the Twin Cities of St.Paul and Minneapolis meet, lies a cluster of brick buildings once home to the King Koil Mattress Factory. Faded paintings of the mascot– a bedspring wearing a crown– still dot the brick walls. But King Koil is no more.
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I have a rule. No travel during the holidays. But rules are made to be broken, and this year I gladly broke my own.
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I went to Spain and visited a shoemaker who doesn’t make shoes.
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