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Gifts You Can’t Bring Back Home

by Benjamin Kerns

Dec 28, 2015

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Tips / Travel

One of the most enjoyable perks of traveling is being able to pick out unique gifts for friends and family while overseas. Sometimes, those trinkets you think Aunt Martha might love on her living room mantle might end up getting you in a lot of trouble if you bring it across the border.



Ivory is a big no-no for Americans. The illegal ivory trade is an enormous problem worldwide and is a danger to the existence of elephants and rhinos. Jewelry, furniture or toys made with ivory are illegal in the United States and can lead to fines and imprisonment if you attempt to bring any home.



Bringing food home from a foreign country is a tricky task, because there are so many things banned in America that might not seem like they could cause harm. A lot of meats and fruits can carry disease or bugs with them, so it’s important to check U.S. laws on what is and is not acceptable.


Kinder Eggs

Though seemingly an odd item to include, this is actually one of the things Americans attempt to sneak in quite often. Kinder eggs, while popular throughout the world with kids, are banned in the United States due to choking hazards. Sneaking one into the country can lead to a fine of up to $5,000.



It goes without saying illegal drugs aren’t getting past Customs, but neither will many legal drugs sold in other countries. That’s because unless they’ve passed the FDA’s strict tests they’re not legal here. If you can’t find it here in the United States, it’s likely it won’t make it out of the airport.



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Your Home Away From Home

Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.

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Scratch-Off U.S. Map

When you've got a bucket list that includes all 50 states, you can employ some pretty creative techniques to keep track of your progress, but one of the most fun ways is with a scratch-off, watercolor map of the country.

Destinations / North America
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Sample Cuisine from Celebrity Chefs at Savor Borgata

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City played host to a star-studded list of celebrity chefs at the annual Savor Borgata food and wine festival. The two-day festival featured 22 events, including cooking demonstrations and exclusive meals with celebrity chefs. Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, Michael Schulson, Geoffrey Zakarian, Greg and Marc Sherry and special guest chef Alex Guarnaschelli were all in attendance. Puck, Flay, Symon, Sherry and Schulson all have restaurants at Borgata.

Rental Cars Offer Flexibility for Business, Leisure or Both

Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.

Destinations / North America
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Best Bachelorette Locations for Foodies

Next to her wedding day, one of the bride-to-be's best and most memorable moments will be her bachelorette party. There are partiers, beach bums and a variety of bachelorettes, but this list is for foodies who want authentic cuisine and a good time. The three cities below are an excellent start for any foodies and her party.