Jodi Thornton O'Connell

Jodi Thornton O'Connell

Adventure & Immersive Travel

Indulging her passion for vacation vagary through the written word on a full-time basis since 2010, travel funster Jodi Thornton-O'Connell guides readers to the unexpected, quirky, and awe-inspiring.

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Shopping article

America's Best Shopping Cities | Choice Hotels

Although the iconic shopping areas of New York City and Beverly Hills are must-do vacation destinations, some of the hottest shopping districts in the U.S. are hundreds of miles from Fifth Avenue or Rodeo Drive. From quaint storefronts with historic flair to ultra-modern, high-rise malls, you'll find shopping districts dotted around the country that will enthrall you!

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BeachLifeGoals: San Diego activities to help you live that beach life | jetBlue

While letting the waves lap at your sand-crusted toes is a noteworthy endeavor, you can get even more out of beach life with these must-do activities.

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6 places that give Portland its wonderfully weird reputation | JetBlue

If you don’t happen to be in town for Portland’s annual World Naked Bike Ride, don’t worry—there’s still plenty of weirdness to be found. And remember, when it comes to Portland, the weirder, the better.

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Hidden gem beaches in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico - Out of the Blue

Some of Puerto Rico’s best surfing beaches lie along its northwest coast in the county of Aguadilla. But if your beach-going requirements lean toward solitude, ditch the tourist crowds in favor of Aguadilla’s hidden gem beaches.

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A toast to Dallas' bar scene | Out of the Blue

While two-steppin’ country bars with mechanical bulls and creative country-themed shooters might come to mind, Dallas’ bar scene runs much deeper. Kick off your cowboy boots and explore the city’s downtown area, where you’ll find hand-crafted cocktails and atmospheres ranging from casual to classy.

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The best of Reno-Tahoe for non-skiers | jetBlue

A winter trip to Reno and Lake Tahoe doesn’t have to be a bummer just because you don’t ski. Activities in the area reach far beyond hitting the slopes or sipping cocoa in the ski lodge. You’ll find options for adventure that will take you outside to enjoy the area’s natural beauty without ever having to step into a pair of skis.

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Warren Buffett’s Best Investing Tips to Live By — Of All Time

Here are some of Warren Buffett's best investing tips. Click through to learn not only how he did it — but how you can invest like Buffett, too.

Seattle music article

Explore the old stomping grounds of these famous bands From Seattle

While Seattle is best known for its grunge musical style, it’s been on the cutting edge of music since Vaudeville days in the mid-1800s. Learn about the groups that were instrumental in fostering Seattle’s music scene at the Museum of Pop Culture downtown, then walk in their footsteps by visiting their old stomping grounds.

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How to Host a Holiday Party on a Budget | GOBankingRates

Discover ways to save money without sacrificing your holiday spirit. With a little imagination and planning, you can host a holiday party that comes off as elegant and effortless without breaking the bank.

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6 Bahamas adventures for water-lust seekers | jetBlue

From diving with sharks to snorkeling with stingrays, there’s plenty of once-in-a-lifetime adventures to check off your bucket list.

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Best Places to Visit for Halloween — Choice Hotels

Trick or treat! Who says Halloween is just for kids? Dress up in your spookiest ghoul garb and trek off to the best places for Halloween vacations—you’ll find activities for all ages.

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The Best Fast Food Value Menus in America | GOBankingRates

Hungry and have a fiver in your wallet? You can probably fill your belly with it — if you know where to look.

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5 places Miami hipsters don’t want you to know about | jetBlue

As every hipster knows, Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood brims with cool shops, hangouts and galleries. But as tourists flood the artsy neighborhood, locals are sneaking off to quieter, offbeat locales around the city.

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The Costliest Hurricanes to Ever Hit the U.S. | GoBankingRates

2016's Hurricane Matthew was destructive, but the wreckage left behind was minimal compared to hurricane damages of the past.

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Top 10 Haunted Bars and Restaurants in America | LIVESTRONG ...

We’ve rounded up 10 of the most popular haunted establishments throughout the country, in order of eeriness, from least to most. And if you're a healthy eater who loves to indulge now and then, read on for our picks of the best menu items … hair-rising experience included.