Traveling Abroad? Consult this Map First.

Until recently, the State Department‘s ‘Travel Alerts‘ functioned as one of the few resources available to citizens interested in gauging the security level of international destinations. In an increasingly globalized world, timely, accurate, consolidated information of any location, at any given moment is extraordinarily difficult to come by. As a result, the State Department undertook the responsibility of protecting and assisting Americans living and traveling abroad — leveraging information acquired by their organization and network of federal agencies.

That said, a recent Atlantic article highlighted another, intriguing source (that’s more our style) — an interactive map developed by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

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Valentine’s Day Visualizations

On this special chocolate-and-sappy-greeting-card filled day, we thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite Valentine’s Day infographics and visualizations. February 14th continues to generate a significant amount of graphics — illustrating anything from how to avoid bad dates, popular Valentine’s travel destinations, spending trends, the history of certain customs and so much more.

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Goodbye 2012, Hello New Resolution?

There is no doubt that throughout this final weekend of 2012, many will begin to contemplate New Year’s resolutions. Whether it be a reflection on how they fared in keeping 2012’s goals, what they hope to change in 2013 or if they will even bother with it all this year… there is no escaping the consideration of resolutions.

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