Travel expert explains why this is the best time to explore the world


America’s top travel expert Rick Steves spends so much time on the move, that in order to talk to him about his visit to Texas this week, I, quite appropriately, had to call him while he traveled by train. Only a few minutes into the interview, I realized why so many people turn to the PBS star for guidance when they feel the urge to roam. As his train kept chugging along the East Coast,…

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Austin crowned the nation’s best state capital in awesome new study

It breaks down like this. Austin ranks No. 2 for economic well-being. A low unemployment rate (2.9 percent) coupled with high income growth and population growth make Austin’s economy almost unbeatable.

We rank fifth for education and health. The quality of local schools and the high number of Austinites with a bachelor’s degree earn Austin stellar marks. However, only 80.3 percent of residents have health insurance, pointing to an area for improvement.

Despite growing concerns on a local level, Austin ranks No. 11 for affordability among state capitals, as we have the fifth highest median household income ($57,517). Surprisingly, our worst ranking is for quality of life, No. 18. Traffic, commute times, and long work hours are to blame.

Still, life in this capital city is good — the best in the nation, in fact.

Source: Austin crowned the nation’s best state capital in awesome new study

5 Reasons Millennials Are Heading To Austin After Graduation

Opportunities are everywhere. Boredom is never a problem. Each night of the week, Austin boasts everything from art and music to outdoor activities. Since we have about 300 days of sunshine per year, it’s hard to get stuck inside. Rent a paddle board on the Greenbelt, or rent a boat on Lake Travis with friends.

Source: 5 Reasons Millennials Are Heading To Austin After Graduation

Here’s what it costs to rent in Austin’s most popular neighborhoods

We already know that the Austin housing market is hot, hot, hot, and it looks like the local rental market is just as steamy. The most recent report from Zumper outlines Austin’s rental landscape by mapping out which areas of the city are the most and least expensive for renters.

Source: Here’s what it costs to rent in Austin’s most popular neighborhoods

Forbes boldly declares Austin America’s next boomtown

Texas is the land of opportunity, and Austin is leading the charge, according to Forbes, which has named Austin America’s next boomtown.

Forbes analyzed the 53 largest metro areas in the country to determine which have the best chance of prospering in the next decade. The numbers illustrate two different kinds of cities: Technology hubs with higher incomes and an influx of educated young people and what Forbes calls “opportunity cities,” which have more industry options, more families, and lower costs.

Austin, ranked No. 1, belongs to the former group. Surges in population, job growth, and education levels contribute to our boomtown status. Notes Forbes, Austin experienced a 13.2 percent population increase from 2010 to 2014, and 43 percent of the current population ages 25 to 44 have at least a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the local job count has grown by 19.1 percent in the past five years.
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2015 Wedding Trends

ABC News has gathered their predictions for 2015 wedding trends from around the Web and we’re excited about a few of these trends making their way to Austin.

Trend: Location, location, location 

Unique locations and designation weddings are all geared to give guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Source: 2015 Wedding Trends