Not Done With the Starks? You’ve GOT To See These Five Spots

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If the series finale of Game of Thrones was not enough for you, we have just the story for you. Check out that, plus some great travel recommendations, a warning about Airbnb, and a great Cliff May original up for grabs.

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Can’t Quit Game of Thrones? Five Spots You Can Visit

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Love the ending, hate the ending, if you aren’t ready to give up Game of Thrones, there are five spots where you can get your Baratheon on, Hypebeast explains.

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Whether you want to see the road Arya used to escape King’s Landing, see the castle where Bran was pushed out a window, or visit Winterfell, there are spots all over the United Kingdom to visit.

Want to check it out? Read on.

Where Do Americans Really, Really Want to Vacation?

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Put the lei away — out of 1,000 people surveyed by VRBO, the largest percentage said their fantasy vacation was Australia.

“When asked which destination they’d jet off to if time and money weren’t an issue, 13 percent of all respondents chose the land down under, more than any other country in the world,” Coastal Living reported. “For baby boomers specifically, the number was even higher, with 19 percent dreaming of an Australian escape.”

However, many find that saving pennies for that trip makes it out of the realm of reality — and really just a fantasy.

“As the survey points out, while many Americans cite Australia as high on their travel bucket lists, the country was just the 18th overall most visited destination by American travelers in 2018, according to Expedia,” the magazine said.

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Views You Can Use

The Grace Hotel (Photo courtesy Auberge Resorts)

Sometimes it really is the destination and not the journey, and sometimes that destination has a spectacular view — which is why we were intrigued by this Departures article about hotels with jaw-dropping views.

Photo courtesy Hotel Duquesne Eiffel

From Paris’ Hotel Duquesne Eiffel, to the gorgeous sunsets of the Grace Hotel in Santorini, Greece, the 13 hotels Departures recommends have our vacation-planning fingers tingling.

Hotel Kia Ora Resort and Spa (Photo courtesy Hoshino Resorts)

Ready to dream? Check out the other destinations here.

Have an Airbnb Account? Maybe You Should Check It

Even if you haven’t done any traveling lately, if you have an Airbnb account you may want to check and make sure there’s no suspicious activity, USA Today reports.
“Account holders have been charged for non-refundable reservations at fake destination homes and in some cases, users report that money was taken from their bank and Paypal accounts,” the newspaper reports, adding that Airbnb stated that the instances were “isolated incidents” and that they were working with those affected.

In the meantime, the company outlined some measures users can take to make sure their accounts are less likely to be compromised.

Read this article for details and tips.

Cliff May Original Up For Grabs in Bay Area

Want a Midcentury Ranch built by the father of the Midcentury Ranch? This Cliff May original in the Bay Area was built for Sunset magazine’s Bill Lane Jr. and his wife, Jean.

Built in the exclusive Portola Valley (Lane was one of the town’s founders and its first mayor), the home is listed for $13,750,000.

“It features a main house with five bedrooms and five baths, a poolhouse with an adjoining office, and a separate one-bedroom guesthouse,” said. “There’s plenty of space for work and play.”

And it’s the perfect place for horse lovers, with full equestrian facilities (including a three-stall barn and riding ring), with plenty of great riding in the open meadows on the property.

And there’s also (of course, it’s California) a pool and spa, situated to take in the best views on the property.

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