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.

Japanese World Cup Fans Warm Hearts Worldwide Cleaning Up the Stands After Matches

If you’ve ever been to a live sporting event, you know what to expect while in the stands. The energy from the crowd can be electric while everyone eats, drinks, laughs, and cheers on their favorite team. On the way out, the stands rarely look like they did when they came in, and they’re often littered with food, wrappers, and other trash. Not if you’re playing the Japanese, though. While they’re sure to be ready to celebrate after winning a big game, it’s essential to show respect to other team

Year-Round Whale Watching and Surfing Make Dana Point an Ideal Home Base for a California Road Trip

As someone born and raised in Southern California, it’s hard to imagine life without California beaches just a short drive away. And while there are plenty of beaches elsewhere in the United States, Southern California’s combination of perfect weather and rolling blue waves makes it clear why so many people come to the region. One of the best ways to experience some of the best beaches state has to offer is a good old-fashioned road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway that starts or ends at Da

Airbnb Founder Goes ‘beyond the Airbed’ by Hosting Airbnb Guests in His Private Home

In 2007 Brian Chesky and his roommate Joe Gebbia blew up some air mattresses and allowed three guests to stay in their home, birthing the idea of Airbnb (airbed and breakfast, as the pair were reportedly proficient at whipping up a few eggs in the morning). Fifteen years later, the company has amassed over 4 million Airbnb hosts worldwide. Now Chesky, CEO and co-founder of the company, is inviting guests into his home again in San Francisco, California. Only this time, guests will hardly have to

Ukrainian Shares Heart-Felt TikTok Showing What Life Was Like Before the War Versus After

For the people of Ukraine, life as they knew it changed overnight when Russia invaded the country. While many Ukrainians evacuated and became refugees, others stayed behind, attempting to bring a sense of normalcy to their lives in the middle of a war zone. On TikTok, user Uliana is documenting living in Ukraine to raise awareness about the people still living there. The video has been seen 2.2 million times and has racked up over 300,000 views, with many commenters from all over the world expr

This Resort Is Perfect for Watching the Famous Leonids Meteor Shower This November

Upon the arrival of November is the yearly return of the Leonids meteor shower, where astronomy enthusiasts can get epic views of meteors streaking across the sky. From Thursday, November 3, through Friday, December 2 and peaking on November 18, viewers can expect to see about 15 bright meteors per hour, traveling at 44 miles per second. To get a good view of this yearly phenomenon, you’ll need to get away from the light pollution to get some incredible sights of the stars. Carneros Resort and S

An Airline Is Giving Away Thousands of Dollars in Prizes To People Who Sit in the Middle Seat

Flying in economy is almost always uncomfortable. You have to go through the motions of waiting in that awful line, taking a gamble on whether there will be enough room to store your bag in the overhead bin, and of course, if you don’t book for a row of three, you have no idea who your neighbor is going to be. But there’s one horror most people avoid at all costs — the dreaded middle seat. Sure, there might be a few people out there who prefer the middle over the window for safety reasons, but m

Harvest Hosts Is Hiring Someone To Take a 500-Brewery Road Trip Across the Country

American has a ” target=”_blank”>long history with beer. Today, you’ll find craft breweries in cities across the United States, from Santa Barbara, California, to Milwaukee, and from Atlanta to Chicago and Philidelphia. There are more than enough for a perfectly designed beer-inspired road. In honor of National American Beer Day on October 27, Harvest Hosts, a membership program offering RVers access to camping at breweries and wineries across North America, is hiring an “AleBlazer” to design th

The Worst Value Tourist Attractions in Every State, According To Traveler Reviews

When heading on vacation, there’s more to do than just sit poolside or relax in your room. It’s always a good idea to take advantage of your time there and explore a new city. But every tourist should be wary of tourist traps or at least be prepared for the upcharge on food, parking, and everything in between. As a tourist, you’re probably wondering what attractions are worth the cash and which ones are not worth the hype. Reviews are a great way to do that, so Saving Spot by CashNetUSA has done

A Woman Was Gored by a Bison and Put the Whole Thing on TikTok

While hiking is a beloved pastime for outdoor enthusiasts, even the most relaxing activities come with some risks. On October 11, solo hiker Rebecca Clark was on a trail at Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway in Texas when she was charged and gored by a bison after trying to get past a group of three. But perhaps the bizarre part of it all was that she caught it on film and uploaded it to TikTok. The video, at the time of writing, has 2.2 million views and almost 330,000 likes. And while ma

Why You Should Always Take a Photo of Your Luggage Before Checking a Bag

There are plenty of reasons people opt to check a bag over packing a carry-on. Sure, when you pick a carry-on suitcase, you get to disregard baggage fees. Still, the inability to pack everything you need, be forced to measure out your liquids and lug around a suitcase at the airport is enough for several people to opt for a checked bag instead. But the major inconvenience travelers have to worry about is lost or stolen luggage. Whether it’s an international or domestic flight, airlines lose more

New Study Found the 10 Best Cities for a Cannabis Vacation

Cannabis has come a long way in the US since it was first legalized medically in California in 1996. Now, 18 states have legalized medical and recreational marijuana, 21 have legalized medical marijuana, and Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota have all put recreational marijuana on the ballot for the midterm election season. And with over a third of the country readily available with dispensaries, restaurants, tours, and even churches, a cannabis-themed vacation is far fr

The 50 US Cities Where You’re Most Likely To Encounter a Rat Problem

Whether you’re greeted by bright lights and the hustle and bustle of New York or entering a laid-back beach city like San Diego, moving to or visiting a big city has the advantage of great food, interesting people, and plenty to do. Unfortunately, it’s not all the romantic swell you’ll find in your favorite movies and tv shows. Sometimes you’ll be joined on your latest adventure by untimely guests — rats. These pests are known for hiding in attics, air ducts, and gardens and coming out to enjoy

A French Cheese Pull Competition Found Who Makes the Stretchiest Aligot

Whether it’s aged parmesan, Wisconsin cheddar, or a crumbly Gruyère, cheese lovers everywhere crave the satisfying indulgence that is cheese. France should be at the top of the list for anyone looking for a delectable bite. With between 350 and 400 official varieties of cheese, the country rivals Italy and Switzerland for the perfect chance to savor some ooey gooey goodness. In fact, The Laguiole AOP Cheese Association, which is dedicated to the preservation of Laguiole cheese (I can’t make this

A Hotel Worker Explains the Dirtiest Part of a Hotel Room You Should Never Use

While traveling to a new destination means exploring new foods and cities, there’s nothing quite like stepping into a fresh hotel room. Whether you’re staying in a budget hotel or splurged on luxury accommodations, it turns out there’s a bit more ick in the room than you probably expected. TikToker and hotelier @queenevangeline25 recently went viral for the list of things she’d never do at a hotel, and it turns out the most significant issues have to do with cleanliness. While you might think to

This Is the Fastest Way to Finish the TSA PreCheck Approval Process

If you’re a frequent flyer eligible for TSA PreCheck but haven’t made the effort to follow through and complete the application, then it’s time to reconsider your choices. Sure, the online portion is easy enough to complete, but scheduling a time for the in-person fingerprinting and background check can be a time suck. Enter special enrollment centers where, according to influencer @sonomackenzie on TikTok, you can get that interview done in as little as 10 minutes without waiting in a single ai

Holiday Flight Prices Could Be the Highest in 5 Years. Here’s When To Book for the Cheapest Tickets.

While the summer surge is over and prices are falling, travelers will find that holiday flight prices will inevitably skyrocket during this holiday season. If you’re planning to get a flight this Thanksgiving or Christmas, you’ll need to prepare early and be flexible if you’re looking to snag a good deal. Hopper, the travel app, recently released its 2022 Holiday Travel Outlook report, which details what travelers can expect when booking. Hopper attributes a few factors to why travelers should

Why You See so Many Babies In Denmark Sleeping Outside and Alone in Strollers

Parenting styles are different in different countries. And in Denmark and other Scandinavian countries, one of those differences is that parents leave their babies in a stroller alone to nap in backyards, parks, and outside of restaurants and shops. The practice has led to a wide range of reactions from people in other regions, with many in disbelief that anyone would allow their baby to sleep outside like that. “I can’t even leave my lunch in the fridge at work!” Pamela Sanchez (dragnldy25) c

This Tiny Missouri Town Is the Population Center of the United States

Geographically, Kansas is smack-dab in the center of the 48 states. But to find the United States population center, you’ll have to look a little to the right and travel to a tiny town of only 594 people. In 2021, Hartville, Missouri, was recognized by the US Census Bureau as the closest town to the center of the US population distribution, making it the recognized middle of the nation. On September 21, Wright County celebrated the accomplishment by placing a marker for visitors to see. To find

Northern Lights Expected To Make an Appearance This Weekend in the US

When you think of the northern lights, you probably think you have to take a trip far north, somewhere like Alaska, Canada, or northern Europe, to get a glimpse of this phenomenon. It turns out that every once in a while, with a bit of luck, you can catch a peek in the northern region of the United States. This weekend, from September 30 to October 3, scientists are optimistic about the opportunity for this natural light show to be visible in the US. The odds of seeing aurora borealis (a fancy

This Is the Fastest Way To Get Approved for Global Entry

If you’ve been looking into getting TSA PreCheck or Global Entry and decided to go with the latter, you probably already know that the legwork is a little more involved. Global Entry enrollment can be done at a limited list of cities with international airports and the Homeland Security site states that getting an appointment at one of these centers can take up to 18 months. To expedite the process, your best bet is to do enrollment on arrival. Melissa, a finance influencer known as @Millenniali
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