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Opening Day MLB 2014: 5 Sports They'd Prefer to Watch in Sydney

by Eli Ellison. Posted Mar 20th 2014 10:30 AM
Australia Baseball Dodgers Diamondbacks for Opening Day MLB 2014
Associated Press
Opening Day MLB 2014 is Saturday. So play ball! And in the league's unrelenting effort to spread the hardball gospel internationally, the 2014 opener--pitting the L.A. Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks--will be played in Sydney, Australia. Goodbye, peanuts and Crackerjack. G'day, vegemite.

In a spring training interview, Dodgers' ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw sounded lukewarm about dueling Down Under. "I'd love to go there on vacation. I don't really want to go pitch there," Kershaw said. And truth be told, would any rugby-crazed Aussie miss him if he stayed home counting his millions? For your next trip to Oz, here's a primer on five sports Australians do care about, passionately.
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St. Patrick's Day: 17 Cities - Beyond the Obvious Ones - to Go Irish in the United States

by Susan Barnes. Posted Mar 14th 2014 04:38 PM
Parade goers are seen during the St.Patrick's day parade in Dublin, Ireland
Alamy
St. Patrick's Day, the holiday when everyone -- regardless of ancestry – becomes Irish for the day is Monday, March 17. So here then are 17 U.S. cities to sip a pint, dance a jig and maybe sip another pint.
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Where You Should Go in Mexico for Spring Break

by Robert Reid. Posted Mar 10th 2014 11:37 AM
Americans visit no other country more than Mexico. Too often it's hardly Mexico at its deepest though, as many see the tourist scene off a cruise ship, beach hotels cramming the last inch of the beach at Cancun or sometimes a border town for a few hours. Mexico is mucho mas. To help find it, here's how to use a handful of popular airports as a springboard to beat the spring break crowds.

(All are destinations in states clear of the U.S. State Department's travel advisory.)
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IHOP's National Pancake Day Is Today, But Check Out These Bigger Pancakes

by Anna Brones. Posted Mar 4th 2014 09:45 AM
three generations enjoying IHOP National Pancake Day
Shutterstock/AuremarToday is IHOP's National Pancake Day.
National Pancake Day is today, Shrove Tuesday, according to IHOP. (And its not to be confused with the other National Pancake Day on Sept. 26. Regardless, if there's one quintessential American breakfast food, it's pancakes (a sentiment that might explain the dual days of observance).

Granted, pancakes exist in other countries (the Swedes, for example, do an excellent version), but not in the same form as the classic American take. While IHOP's serving complimentary short stacks of buttermilks pancakes today from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., there's a time and a place for flapjacks that are a little bigger. So check out these seven non-IHOP spots, where you can be sure to get pancakes the size of your head.
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Mardi Gras: Top 9 Cities Not Named New Orleans to Celebrate Fat Tuesday

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Mar 3rd 2014 10:30 AM
Feb. 18, 2012 - Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S - Patrons take time out of their celebration for a quick photo showing off their cost
AlamyPatrons take time out of their celebration for a quick photo showing off their costumes during the 2012 Mardi Gras parade and festival at the Soulard District in St. Louis, Missouri.
It's Mardi Gras season -- time to blow some steam and overindulge before the Christian season of Lent begins. Think New Orleans is the only place to throw some beads? You need to get out a bit more.
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5 Places to Go in February

by Jess Moss. Posted Feb 1st 2014 10:00 AM
arizona's saguaro national park
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From romantic beach vacations to skiing adventures to winter city breaks for a long weekend, here are our picks for places to travel in February.
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74 of this Week's Travel Lists that May or May Not Restore Your Faith in Humanity

by Zach Everson. Posted Jan 24th 2014 04:15 PM
Possibly the only thing the travel media loves more than traveling is writing lists. Here are 74 of the week's best and worst travel listicles for your weekend reading, presented in numerical order. (Fun fact: Last week, the same sources yielded just 47 listicles.)
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2013 Travel Favorites: Photos from the Road

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Jan 2nd 2014 01:47 PM
Beth Warner
To closeout the year, AOL Travel asked our colleagues at MapQuest about their 2013 travel and plans for next year. Despite being busy with the releases of critically acclaimed major updates to their iPhone and Android apps, MapQuest employes took some killer trips in 2013. Responses are in no particular order. We've shared our own, too. Readers, feel free to do likewise in the comments.

Q. Favorite photo from the road in 2013?
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2014 Travel Forecast: Most Hotly Anticipated Trips

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Dec 31st 2013 11:23 AM
Milford Sound with a view of Mitre Peak, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Getty Images
To closeout the year, AOL Travel asked our colleagues at MapQuest about their 2013 travel and plans for next year. Despite being busy with the releases of critically acclaimed major updates to their iPhone and Android apps, MapQuest employes took some killer trips in 2013. And it looks like they've got no plans to slow down in 2014 either. Responses are in no particular order. We've shared our own, too. Readers, feel free to do likewise in the comments.

Q. Most hotly anticipated trip of 2014?
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2013 Travel Favorites: Biggest Travel Wins

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Dec 30th 2013 03:30 PM
Silhouette of a young man paddling out to sea in a kayak
Getty Images
To closeout the year, AOL Travel asked our colleagues at MapQuest about their 2013 travel and plans for next year. Despite being busy with the releases of critically acclaimed major updates to their iPhone and Android apps, MapQuest employes took some killer trips in 2013. Responses are in no particular order. We've shared our own, too. Readers, feel free to do likewise in the comments.

Q. In 10 words or less, what was your biggest travel win (#EverydayVictories) of 2013?
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