Olivia Harden

Travel Writer at Matador Network based in California. Writing about social justice and mental health everywhere else. Passionate about food, exploring the world, and uplifting voices of those who often go unheard.

Paris Syndrome Explained: Is Paris Worth the Hype?

Almost everyone longing for travel has a dream destination — whether it’s catching rays on your overwater bungalow in the Maldives, going on the safari of a lifetime in South Africa, or getting swept up by the magic and romance in Paris. The unfortunate reality is that when you build up a destination in your head like that, there’s plenty of room to be disappointed when things don’t go as planned. And that has happened enough with people who visit Paris that it has its own name: Paris syndrome.

Arizona’s Seasonal ‘Chocolate Falls’ Are Taller Than Niagara Falls

If you’ve ever wanted to see something like the chocolate falls from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, you might want to take an impromptu trip to Arizona. A natural phenomenon only happens a few times a year has made its way to the Navajo Nation. The Grand Falls, nicknamed the “chocolate falls,” is located 30 miles East of Flagstaff in the Painted Desert. At its peak, the falls reach over 181 feet tall, which is taller than Niagara Falls. According to the Navajo Tourism Board, the water c

This Small Texas Town Hosts the Most Authentic Oktoberfest in the US

Fall is coming fast, which means Oktoberfest season will be here before you know it. The famed Oktoberfest in Munich is scheduled to return this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re not lucky enough to be able to catch a flight to Germany to drink beer for a couple of days, there are plenty of grand Oktoberfest celebrations right in the United States. One of the most notable is in Addison, Texas. Named the country’s “most authentic Oktoberfest” by Forbes and USA

An Inside Look at Where Flight Attendants and Pilots Sleep on Long Flights

If you’re a plane passenger who often flys economy, you know how challenging sleeping on a flight can be. Maybe you’ve dropped some dough on the perfect neck pillow to get a good night’s rest or resorted to the military sleep method. But what about the pilots and crew who are working those long haul flights? It turns out flight attendants and pilots have their own sleeping quarters. Quinten Moshy, a ramp agent and cabin groomer, posted a TikTok showing where the crew can get some rest while flyi

You Can Be Fined $5,000 and Get Six Months in Jail for Visiting the World’s Tallest Tree

Taking the wrong hike in California can now lead to a $5,000 fine plus six months of jail time. The world’s tallest tree in northern California’s Redwood National Park has been off-limits since its discovery in 2006, but that hasn’t stopped people from trying to find it, according to the Los Angeles Times. Now, park officials hope the new consequences keep visitors at bay. Named Hyperion after the Greek Titan of heavenly light, the tree was last recorded by Guinness World Records to measure ove

The Two Grossest Parts of an Airplane Seat, According To a Flight Attendant

The pandemic has made many people more conscious of the cleanliness of all parts of transportation. Even though airplanes are equipped with HEPA filters that remove 99.7 percent of germs, and airline carriers were forced to adopt more enhanced cleaning practices, many flight attendants have taken to social media to say you still shouldn’t trust that planes are adequately cleaned. Whether it’s the trash can in the bathroom or laying your head on the window to get some rest, there are some parts o

This Tulum Airbnb Loft Puts You Right in the Jungle

In Tulum, you’re going to want accommodations that emulate the best of what this beach town has to offer. There are many amazing hotels in Tulum that offer jungle-themed vibes, but if you’re looking for an Airbnb that’s perfect for a group trip, the TikTok account @bucketliststays has found the perfect Tulum Airbnb that will drop you off right in the jungle. This two-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom loft comfortably sleeps five guests. It’s located in the La Veleta neighborhood, which has two cenotes and

The Best Part About Cemetery Tourism? The Gravestone Recipes

The unfortunate reality of life is that at that at some point, for all of us, it must end. While it might be uncomfortable to think about, everyone should take some time to decide what they want to be remembered for. For some people, it’s their recipes. Rosie Grant, a University of Maryland graduate student, has recently become big on TikTok for making recipes that are memorialized on people’s gravestones. While many cemetery visits are solemn, cemetery tourism is a way to walk through the grav

Tourists Are Falling for This Scam All Over Florence, Italy

While traveling the world is a priceless experience, a common nuisance is scams. And whether you’re in New York or any other big city, the problem is rampant. It’s important to have a good understanding of common scams that often pop up while traveling. Travel influencer Kacie Rose, an American expat living in Florence, Italy, noticed a common scam she sees people fall for all the time. The video clearly struck a chord with people. And with high summer travel in Europe, many people could relate

This Rome Airbnb’s Windows Open To Close-Up Views of Trevi Fountain

Every year, tourists flock to Europe for the summer to take in all the art, architecture, history, and food culture. And if you’re headed all the way across the world, did you even really go if you don’t get plenty of photos of you taking in those picturesque views? But with more photographers being real about what it’s really like to battle the crowds for the perfect shot, you might wonder what it’s like to take in a stunning view without all the noise. One way is to book an accommodation with

This Fort Lauderdale Hotel Rivals Anything in Miami for the Perfect Beach Vacation

If you’re looking to party or hang out with millennials and gen-zers, head to Miami for vacation. If you’re looking for a family-friendly vacation, Fort Lauderdale or Orlando are probably your best options. I’ve been to Miami, and while it’s true that it’s a fantastic city to meet people, I often found it overwhelming and chaotic, even during the slow season. So when I arrived in Fort Lauderdale, I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I got there, I found a thriving beach city with sleek hotels, gor

This New Campground Site Helps You Find the Best Spot No Matter What You’re Looking For

It’s camping season, and whether you’re making your way to a forest, national park, or the beach, you’ll want to ensure that when you arrive, your campground will have everything you need. A new website, CampgroundViews.com, can help you narrow down the search for the best camping spots. On the site, users can search 16,000 campgrounds throughout the United States. There are 360-degree virtual tours and a comprehensive searchable database to make the best choice for your next adventure. The dat

This Airbnb in the South of France Is Straight Out of the Town in ‘beauty and the Beast’

In the south of France, away from the feeling of hyper-tourism, you’ll find the dreamy village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Set high in the hills, this town is sure to spark a sense of whimsy with lush greenery that meets the sea. And there, you’ll find an Airbnb that seems straight out of the small village in The Beauty and the Beast that’s perfect for four guests who want to live out their Belle fantasy. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment was the home of the legendary French poet, writer, an

Frequent Travelers Are Sharing the One Product That Makes Travel Easier

When you start traveling often, you tend to develop a routine. You understand what suitcase works best, what you need and don’t need to pack, whether you’re a roller or a folder, and more. And it’s incredible when you discover a product that, once you start using it, you have no idea how you lived without it. A Redditor started a thread asking what favorite products makes travel easier, and you might find yourself on Amazon shortly. 1. ”This packing list. It is so comprehensive and detailed. I

You Can Join a ‘Game of Thrones’ Cruise That Sails To Filming Locations Ahead of ‘House of the Dragon’

If you’re like me, you plan to or already have binged all eight seasons of Game of Thrones. And as the three-year wait for the new prequel series House of the Dragon comes to an end this August, die-hard fans of Game of Thrones and author George R. R. Martin can look forward to watching the story’s beginnings come to life on-screen. For fans of the show who want a truly immersive experience, Sail Croatia offers a Game of Thrones-themed cruise where guests can visit the places depicted in the sho

This Road Trip Mapping Site Will Help You Find the Coolest Things To Do on Your Route

With considerable flight delays and cancellations this summer, some professionals are saying to ditch catching flights and opt to drive instead. And while the journey portion of a road trip might be more time-consuming than hopping on a plane, that’s part of the fun. You might want to curate your trip around national parks or the best places to drink wine. But there’s an easier way to do it if you’re just looking for cool sights along your route: Makemydrivefun While a good portion of the comme

The Important Medical Reason Why You Should Always Pop Your Ears on a Flight

Whether you like it or not, popping your ears while you climb to 10,000 feet is inevitable. If you’re like me, the pop comes relatively quickly, For others, it can be difficult, and the sensation may be painful. But why do they need to pop in the first place? Morgan, a first officer and Boeing 737 pilot who also showed the view of Denver’s bathrooms from the runway, posted a video about why you should never suppress the need to pop and some ways to do it that help relieves the pressure quickly.

A Flight Attendant Shared Ridiculous Passenger Requests and It’s Hard To Believe These Are Real

Flight attendants have a difficult job. While you might think you’re the perfect passenger, you might be surprised at some of the rules you break, like asking your flight attendant to put your bag up in the overhead bin (you shouldn’t). But there are some passengers who take the chance on flights to ask the most ridiculous things. Emily, a Ryanair flight attendant from Essex, posted a TikTok of some of the most ridiculous requests she’s been asked as a flight attendant. Passenger requests inclu

This New Art Installation Shows What It’s Like To Be Inside an Icelandic Volcano

Volcano eruptions are unpredictable. While you definitely don’t want to get caught near one, if you’re fascinated by the thought of what it would be like to hear, smell, and feel what happens when a volcano erupts, you’re not alone. Icelander and multi-disciplinary artist Jón Þór “Jónsi” Birgisson’s 2021 art installation Hrafntinna (Obsidian) has made its way to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Canada. And while there are plenty of volcanoes you can see up close, for those uninterested in hik

There’s a Tiny Portion of Yellowstone National Park Where You Can Literally Get Away With Murder

It might sound a little like The Purge, but a slight discrepancy in the law might make you think differently about Yellowstone National Park. In 2005, Michigan State law professor Brian Kalt discovered a loophole in the United States Constitution that made it impossible to prosecute any crimes in a small section of the park. He named it the Zone of Death. The Zone of Death is a 50-mile area of Yellowstone National Park, where the park spills over from Wyoming into Idaho. In Kalt’s 2005 Georgeto
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