Allyn Maycumber's Blog Posts

The Best Places to Go River Rafting in the U.S. by Allyn Maycumber

What was once a method of exploration and commerce, whitewater rafting has now become a full-blown adventure sport. Modern whitewater rafting as we know it today has roots in the aftermath of WWII

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10 Underrated Trips to Take with Your Best Friends

While the big cities of the world like Paris, New York, and Rome often get all the glory, there’s plenty of culture, history, and culinary delights to uncover in some of the world’s

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8 Remote Islands You Need to See

Sometimes we crave an escape. And what better way to get away from it all than by jetting off to a remote island? Surrounded by sea, an island paradise epitomizes isolation and relaxation. To that

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10 American Lakes You Need to Explore

The U.S. is packed with pristine lakes that offer opportunities to watch the sunset over alpine peaks, paddle along glassy waters, and kick off your flip-flops and go for a dip.So, if you're hoping

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9 Best Outdoor Towns in the U.S

While you might be eager to enjoy the culture, food, or nightlife in a new destination, often the best part of a town is what's on the outside. Fortunately, there are plenty of towns in the U.S.

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7 Places in the U.S. That Will Make You Feel Like You're In Europe

Venice, Italy, and Ca’ d’Zan, Sarasota, FloridaDoge's Palace, Venice. Photo by Dmitri OmetsinskyCa’ d’Zan, Sarasota, Florida. Photo by travelviewThe Doge’s

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5 Destinations That Don't Meet Expectations, and 5 That Do

Unfortunately, some destinations just don’t live up to the hype. Have you ever had that feeling of anticipation built up by pictures in travel magazines or on social media only to find them

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10 U.S. Tourist Traps to Avoid At All Costs

Just because your travel guide says that Plymouth Rock is a “must-see” stop on your New England vacation — don’t believe it! There’s a great deal of hype

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10 U.S. Tourist Sites That Even Americans Should Visit

America’s vast natural beauty to its glitzy metropolises, the United States has plenty of sites that should be compulsory for every citizen and visitor. From the iconic red rock walls of the

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US National Parks you Don't know but should

The 63 U.S. national parks boast some of the most stunning protected lands anywhere in the country. But while Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon are widely known and attract millions of tourists each

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10 Cleanest Cities Around the World

A clean city isn’t just measured by air quality alone, but also green spaces, trash collection protocols, and water quality, and more. The most progressive cities in the world are moving

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The US cities with the best quality of life in 2024, ranked

Here are the top 15 cities with the best quality of life in 2024, ranked from worst to best, according to its report.15. Fort Collins, ColoradoQuality of life score (out of 10): 7.2Population

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7 of the World’s Most Unique Bridges

ans have been building bridges since at least 4000 BCE, and since then, spans have become ever more ambitious. As some of the most challenging construction projects on the planet, they require

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6 Cities in Europe You Don’t Know But Should

Destinations such as Paris and Rome may have the name recognition, but there are plenty of lesser-known European cities that are just as beautiful and historic. These off-the-beaten-track locales

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The Best State Park in Each State

With thousands of state parks spread across the U.S., chances are there’s one in your backyard. But if proximity isn’t enough to entice you, our state parks are also known to offer the

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Florida's 13 Most Underrated Towns To Visit In 2024

There is no shortage of exciting destinations to visit in Florida, but some places tend to steal the spotlight from others. While it is easy to succumb to the allure of Miami’s electric

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10 Places Only a Few Travelers Will Ever See

There’s something rather special about visiting somewhere few people have heard of. For the ultimate in bragging rights, this is where you intrepid adventurers should bookTanna, VanuatuCredit:

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The Quaintest Towns in America

When it comes to “quaint” you might be picturing an idyllic English borough or a half timbered French enclave but the U.S. has endless charming hideaways to discover. From coastal,

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24 new flights to launch from Orlando and Sanford

Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) will see five airlines launch or expand flights to Central Florida during the early part of this year.Orlando

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New home sales jumped in 2023. Why that's a good sign for buyers (and sellers) in 2024

So is this bottom in the housing market?Last week, National Association of Realtors told us that existing home sales for December and all of 2023 tumbled to new lows. On Thursday, though, the Census

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4 Central Florida neighborhoods ranked among best-selling U.S. communities

4 Central Florida neighborhoods ranked among best-selling U.S. communitiesAs the local housing market continues to take shape for 2024, new rankings of the nation's master-planned communities show

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LOSING INTEREST How the anticipated downtick in interest rates will change Orlando's housing market in 2024

        It all comes back to interest rates.To understand where metro Orlando's residential real estate market may go in 2024, it helps to know where it has been — and,

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The Prettiest Town Squares in the U.S.

The Prettiest Town Squares in the U.S.Since the dawn of modern city planning, town squares have been a vital part of the urban social scene. Depictions of pretty town squares are quintessential in

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This Florida suburb on list of worst U.S. cities for living an active lifestyle

The most common New Year’s resolutions people make usually relate to health and fitness and 2024 is no different, according to Forbes Health and WalletHub.The personal finance company,

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The Recovery continues to defy the odds

The recovery that commenced in December 2023 has been confirmed in January 2024, with a stronger-than-seasonal jump in home price trajectory and buyer activity levels. The nearly 150 bps (1.5%) drop

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These 11 Towns In Florida Have The Best Main Streets

The best main streets reveal a town's true character in one glance, offering a balance of attractions without being overly touristy. In Florida, towns manage to provide just the right mix of

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13 Picture-Perfect Towns In Florida

No trip to Florida is complete without stopping at St. Augustine. What makes St. Augustine picture-perfect is its Spanish architecture, cobblestone streets, and the sense that one is walking

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13 Of The Most Quaint Small Towns In Atlantic Coast

Along the beautiful Atlantic Coast, a collection of charming small towns await discovery, each exuding a quick blend of history, culture, and undeniable quaintness. From New England charm to

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The Top 10 Real Estate Markets of 2024

Everyone seems to know someone who knows someone who hit the real estate jackpot: lucky folks who bought a home for a relative pittance back when prices were low and then sold it a few years later

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18 Small Towns In Florida That Break Away From Typical Tourist Spots

18 Small Towns In Florida That Break Away From Typical Tourist SpotsBYFELIX NGESOUPDATED NOV 28, 2023While some towns in Florida have succumbed to tacky tourist traps and overdevelopment, there

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Head To This Underrated Florida Beach For A Budget-Friendly Vacation

Florida's beautiful southeastern coast is jam-packed with popular tourist destinations like Miami, Palm Beach, and Key West, attracting millions of visitors yearly. While gorgeous, they're also

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The Priciest Neighborhoods To Buy a Home—State by State

It’s a coast-to-coast tour of extravagance, from breezy Hawaiian beaches and the dramatic shorelines of Maine to the rugged terrain of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains and Arizona’s

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13 Unforgettable Small Towns To Visit In California

Are you among the curious and tireless seeking unforgettable experiences? Well, you're in luck; California has just the perfect small towns for you. From the beaches to the northern

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6 Reasons This Unique Florida Destination Is The Perfect Winter Escape

If you’re anything like me, the thought of the approaching winter is enough to send a shiver up your spine.Cold, dark, and wet days are just not compatible with me, and I’m sure there

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Home prices are falling fastest in these 25 cities

US home affordability is the worst it's been since 1985, largely because of high mortgage rates.Still, property prices haven't fallen as anticipated since supply is severely limited.Here are the 25

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This Florida city was just named one of the best places in the world to visit

Forget Miami, the home of the never-ending party. Don’t even think about Theme Park Central, Orlando. You can even skip the Florida Keys and its stunning aquamarine water and breathtaking

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These are the 11 best US cities for retirees — and only one is in Florida

Imagine the ideal place to retire: Palm trees, swimming pools, and colorful cocktails come to mind.Or just think of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with its green-domed capitol building and an average

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Homebuilders turn to incentives to draw in priced-out buyer pool

Homebuilders continue to see sales momentum — despite surging mortgage rates and persistent affordability challenges — in part because they're pulling out the stops to lure buyers and

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Floridians are looking to move to these 7 states

Wealthy out-of-staters have been flocking to Florida for five years, driving up real-estate prices and reshaping the housing market.While many Florida homeowners have been

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12 Off The Beaten Path Towns On Florida's Emerald Coast

Florida's Emerald Coast is a treasure trove of quaint, charming towns that offer a refreshing break from the bustling tourist hubs. This enchanting area harbors hidden gems with pristine beaches,

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3 Tampa Bay cities among most overvalued housing markets in America,

Three cities in the Tampa Bay area rank among the most overvalued housing markets in America, according to a new study from Florida Atlantic University.Home buyers in Tampa, on average, paid a 42%

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The 5 Best Zip Codes To Live In Florida Are Mostly In One County

Looking for a new place to live is never easy. Is the neighborhood safe? Are homes reasonably priced? What areas are best and why? Well, if this is you, we’ve got you covered with the best;

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9 Prettiest Towns In Florida

Florida, often celebrated for its vibrant theme parks, sprawling urban landscapes, and sun-kissed golden beaches, has layers of beauty waiting to be explored. Beyond the hustle and bustle of its

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Mortgage rates could hit 8%, economists say, citing a worrying sign not seen since the Great Recession

With mortgage rates firmly above 7%, homeownership has become much more expensive. But will rates go even higher?Three experts told MarketWatch that if the economy continues to show signs of,

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Orlando metro home mortgage lending hits 10-year low

Home mortgage lending in metro Orlando has seen a steep drop as interest rates climb and drive up monthly payments, leaving a growing number of potential homebuyers sitting on the sidelines.The

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Small Towns In Florida With The Best Downtown Areas

Are you looking for an off-the-beaten-path getaway this summer? If so, Florida is the perfect destination. From the classic sunny beaches of Miami to its swamps and coral reefs, this state

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MONTHLY NEW RESIDENTIAL SALES, APRIL 2023

New Home SalesSales of new single‐family houses in April 2023 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 683,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the

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Disney cancels plans to build new Florida campus that promised thousands of jobs

According to CNBC and The New York Times, a top Disney official sent a memo to employees Thursday explaining the campus will no longer be constructed and none of its employees in

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