Planning a Destination Wedding? A Third of Your Guests Probably Think You’re Selfish

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If your dream is to get married barefoot on a beach, consider picking one close to home. A survey reported by Travel + Leisure found that over a third of Americans think it's rude to have a destination wedding.

For their report, the travel insurance company Allianz Global Assistance shared a poll online and received 1502 responses. More than 37 percent of respondents who identified as American said it's selfish to ask guests to spend money and vacation days to travel for a wedding. Nearly 54 percent of people said cost would be their main reason for skipping out on a destination wedding. Eighteen percent cited not knowing the couple well enough as their most likely excuse, and 12 percent said it would be not being able to take the time off from work.

But not everyone who took the survey would be offended by an invitation to a destination wedding. More than a third of people viewed such events as opportunities to take vacations and go to new places, and 27.5 percent of respondents sympathize with the desire to have a destination wedding, even if they can't afford to attend one themselves.

Some couples may count on the inconvenience of travel when planning their wedding. The survey found that 8.4 percent of people would have a destination wedding would do so to limit the amount of attendees. For people who don't want to go through all that trouble to limit their guest lists, there are plenty of other ways to cut costs when planning a wedding.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

New Jersey's Anthony Bourdain Food Trail Has Opened

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Before Anthony Bourdain was a world-famous chef, author, or food and travel documentarian, he was just another kid growing up in New Jersey. Earlier this year, Food & Wine reported that Bourdain's home state would honor the late television personality with a food trail tracing his favorite restaurants. And that trail is now open.

Bourdain was born in New York City in 1956, and spent most of childhood living in Leonia, New Jersey. He often revisited the Garden State in his books and television shows, highlighting the state's classic diners and delis and the seafood shacks of the Jersey shore.

Immediately following Bourdain's tragic death on June 8, 2018, New Jersey assemblyman Paul Moriarty proposed an official food trail featuring some of his favorite eateries. The trail draws from the New Jersey episode from season 5 of the CNN series Parts Unknown. In it, Bourdain traveled to several towns throughout the state, including Camden, Atlantic City, and Asbury Park, and sampled fare like cheesesteaks, salt water taffy, oysters, and deep-fried hot dogs.

The food trail was approved following a unanimous vote in January, and the trail was officially inaugurated last week. Among the stops included on the trail:

  1. Frank's Deli // Asbury Park
  1. Knife and Fork Inn // Atlantic City
  1. Dock's Oyster House // Atlantic City
  1. Tony's Baltimore Grill // Atlantic City
  1. James' Salt Water Taffy // Atlantic City
  1. Lucille's Country Cooking // Barnegat
  1. Tony & Ruth Steaks // Camden
  1. Donkey's Place // Camden
  2. Hiram's Roadstand // Fort Lee

Chernobyl Creator Craig Mazin Urges Visitors to Treat the Exclusion Zone With Respect

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Following the success of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, one tour company reported that bookings to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone located in Ukraine rose 35 percent. Now, series creator Craig Mazin is imploring the new wave of tourists to be respectful when snapping selfies at Chernobyl, Gizmodo reports.

A 2500-square-kilometer exclusion zone was established around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant shortly after its reactor exploded in 1986 and flooded the area with harmful radiation. The abandoned towns are still too radioactive for people to live there safely, but they have been deemed safe to visit temporarily with the supervision of a guide.

Chernobyl has supported a dark tourism industry for years, but thanks to the miniseries, photographs taken there are gaining new levels of attention online. News of influencers posing for irreverent selfies at the site of the nuclear disaster quickly went viral. Mazin tweeted:

Regardless of why people are visiting the site, being respectful in the presence of tragedy is always a good idea. It's also smart to resist leaving a tour group to snap the perfect selfie in some abandoned building: Tour companies warn that breaking rules and wandering off approved paths can lead to dangerous radiation exposure.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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