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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Attracting the Millennial Traveler: Experiences Are Everything!

There’s more than 80 million Millennials in the U.S. alone, and they’re coming into the years of their prime buying power. Today’s savvy DMO won’t want to overlook this enormous niche market!

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Best Travel Hacks for Planning a Vacation | Travel Tips by Choice Hotels

If the thought of searching through dozens of websites while planning your vacation makes your head spin, you can relax. With a minimal amount of Internet or smartphone savvy, a few easy hacks will help you iron out all your vacation details quickly.

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Top 6 Ideas to Attract National Park Visitors to Your Town

Proximity to one of the country’s national parks and monuments can offer a unique opportunity to attract visitors to your town with a little strategic planning and creative content marketing.

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Mini Winter Trip to the Virgin Islands | WIMCO

Escape dreary winter weather with a last-minute Caribbean vacation to the usually sunny, always warm Virgin Islands.

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San Francisco – An Unconventional City Ideal for Conventions

There's never been a more opportune time to book your meeting in a city that is a “best of” on many surveys from restaurants to natural beauty.

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Know Before You Go: Winchester, VA | Choice Hotels

Known as the Apple Capital of the World, Winchester is home to a wide array of orchards where you can bring the whole family to pick your own apples and enjoy a tasty treat. Plus, you’ll love checking out all the traditional colonial buildings in and around this Virginia town for a taste of local history.

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Where to Find the Best Live Music in Havana | jetBlue

Venture into Old Havana for a fusion of the latest musical trends mixed with old Cubano style.

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Living & Working in Phoenix, AZ | US News & World Report Best Places to Live

Nicknamed the "Valley of the Sun," the Greater Phoenix area sees more sunshine than any other metro area in the country. That in and of itself is enough to entice people to lay down roots, but Arizona's capital also features a desirable combination of a thriving job market, a relatively low cost of living and plenty of ways to enjoy the nice weather.