Popular Spots to Visit in the Poconos During the Summer

8 Places People Who Are From The Poconos Go While Home For Summer Break

These are some major hot spots!

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The Poconos covers a large stretch, and has plenty to do, especially during the summer time! If you're a native to this area, you already know which spots people will be at, which is a blessing and a curse. So, here are a few popular spots to hit up during summer break!

1. Gabel's

I can guarantee you that if you went to Pocono Mountain East High school, you know what Gabels' is, and you WILL run into someone you know there. It's the most popular meet up spot for people during the summer, and the ice cream is bomb!

2. Big Star

Big Star is in Stroudsburg's territory, but they have the BEST comet's ever that are worth the drive!

3. Camelback

If you want to do something outdoors Camelback is a popular spot to go hiking, and they have the largest waterpark in Pennsylvania.

4. Skytop

If you think Camelback is too touristy, a lot of people go hiking on Skytop's trails! It has beautiful scenery, and leads to a waterfall!

5. The Crossings Premium Outlets

Because the only mall in the area is the Stroudsburg Mall (which everyone knows is a pathetic excuse for a mall) people always shop at the Crossings Premium Outlets. They have every store imaginable, and the sales are great!

6. The Bars on Main Street

If you're 21, this is definitely the happening spot on Friday and Saturday nights. But, beware, it will be a reunion for all of the surrounding high schools, especially at Marita's and Philly Pub.

7. Mt. Airy

If you are of age, the Mt. Airy Casino Resort is definitely a fun spot to hit. There's gambling, restaurants, and even concerts!

8. Montage Mountain

If you like country music, Montage Moutain is always a good spot for a concert. People always tailgate starting at 12 pm, and make a day out of it.

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19 Things Wisconsinites Say And Do Differently

Wisconsinites are a breed of their own.
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Wisconsinites are a breed of their own. They are used to living in the frozen tundra for multiple months out of the year, they are the only state to have an NFL team owned by their fans, and they're surrounded by nature. To say they're a breed of their own is an understatement! Here are 19 things Wisconsinites say and do that have to be explained to people that aren't from around here.

SEE ALSO: 15 Signs You Go To UWGB

1. "Bag"

My mom, who lives in Illinois, always teases me about how I say the word "bag." Us Wisconsinites say bag like how it's pronounced in the word bagel, but pretty much any other state says it with a short a sound, like in the word "sad."

2. Packers Game Day is Serious Business

3. We Measure Distance in Time, Not Miles

This is especially true for people that live in rural parts of the state because the closest town is so far away that it's easiest to measure distance in the amount of time it takes to get there, rather than the number of miles away it is.

4. "Up North"

"Up north" isn't a specific town or location, but we all know what it is. When someone's talking about going up north they're usually talking about a cabin in the woods near a lake somewhere in the northern part of Wisconsin. If you were to draw a straight line across the state from Eau Claire to Green Bay pretty much anything north of that is considered "up north." Your definition of "up north" depends on where you live because the people that live in Eau Claire's "up north" is probably going to be further north than the people living in Madison's "up north."

5. "Ya Know"

I don't really know why we are the only ones that say "ya know", but whenever I say it when I'm not in Wisconsin I get called out on it.

6. Rifle Season is a State Holiday

In Wisconsin, you either go deer hunting, or you know someone that does, so it's not a surprise that the week of rifle season (the same week as thanksgiving) all of the hunters take off work to go hunting. Opening weekend is known as widowers weekend because it's when all of the husbands go off hunting and the wives have the house to themselves. Many stores also have special sales and events in preparation for rifle season.

7. Going to a Home Packer Game is on Your Bucket List

It's on everybody's bucket list to go to a home Packers game, but going to a home game can be kind of pricey. But once you've been to one it's so worth the money. It's definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

8. Friday Night Fish Fry

Wisconsin is the only state I know of where a Friday fish fry every Friday are a normal thing. Pretty much everywhere else they only have a fish fry during lent, but Wisconsin took this religious event and turned it into an all year tradition.

9. We Have Town Names That Are Hard to Pronounce

If you're not from Wisconsin you probably have a hard time pronouncing names like Oconomowoc, Ashwaubenon, Sheboygan, and Weyauwega just to name a few. Trust me, we've all been there!

10. "Soda"

Our neighbors to the south call it pop, but we call sugary carbonated beverages soda.

11. We Are Too Nice

Whenever my mom comes to visit me at school she always asks why the people in Wisconsin are so nice. I can never come up with a reasonable explanation, but it's true. Wisconsin is filled with nice people. You can be talking to a stranger at the grocery tore, but feel like you're talking to a friend.

12. "Brett Favre"

If you bring his name up in conversation in Wisconsin there's sure to be some controversy. Wisconsinites either love him for everything he did while playing for the Packers, or they hate him because he left the Packers and played for two other teams, including our rivals, the Minnesota Vikings.

13. "Bubbler"

Since I was raised in Illinois I'd never heard of a bubbler until I moved here. What I'd call a water fountain, Wisconsinites call a bubbler.

14. We Are The Nation's Dairy Land

California might say they make the most milk, but we all know Wisconsin is our nation's real dairyland.

15. Brats Are Better Than Hotdogs

If you haven't had a brat you have to try one!

16. The Winter Doesn't Stop Us

Since winter usually lasts for five months or more in Wisconsin, we have to get used to the cold in the snow. We've dealt with it so much that it doesn't stop us from going about our day. Many of us even enjoy winter activities such as snowmobiling, skiing, or ice fishing. When you have winter for such a long period of time like we do you have to learn to deal with it.

17. We Take Our Beer Very Seriously

There are over 100 breweries across Wisconsin and they all offer a unique taste to their beer. You can probably find any type of beer you can think of in Wisconsin.

18. And Our Cheese

I've never been to another state that has so many different varieties of cheese. Pretty much anything you can think of they at least have it somewhere. If you've never tried fresh cheese curds it's a must! Squeaky fresh curds are the best!

19. We Could Never Imagine Living Anywhere Else

The most important thing about us Wisconsinites is we love our state and we never want to leave!

This state comes with its own unique set of traditions and mechnasisms which help it stand apart from other states. Wisconsinites are definitely one-of-a-kind, and we would not want to have it any other way.

SEE ALSO: 17 Undeniable Signs You Go To The University Of Wisconsin

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How To Travel In Europe For Cheap

I've spent the last semester abroad in Italy and I've picked up a few tips for traveling around Europe on a budget.

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I've spent the past few months studying abroad in Italy, and almost every weekend I hop on a plane or train to travel. I've visited roughly fifteen new cities in eight new countries, and I think I've picked up a few tips along the way.

Cross check as many websites as possible for the best deals on flights, trains, buses, and lodging.

There are a plethora of websites that help you search the web for cheap flights and trains. It is best to search all of them and cross check to make sure you're getting the best deal. The same goes for lodging. Make sure you check multiple types of lodging options before booking what you assume would be cheapest. Also, be sure to search in an incognito tab so prices don't go up as you continue to browse!

Favorite transportation websites: GoEuro (now called Omio), Skyscanner, Google Flights, Expedia

Favorite lodging websites: Airbnb, Hostelworld, Expedia (sometimes a hotel can be cheaper!)

Be flexible with travel times

You will not find a flight that's cheap at a convenient time. The cheapest flights leave at the most inconvenient times and there is really no way to avoid it. Be more than prepared and accept the fact that your flight will probably leave at six a.m. or 11 p.m. But in those times of waking and sleeping at weird times, remember that the flight was $20. Also, sleeping in airports is 100% the move.

Learn to pack light

I'm no stranger to overpacking, but I've learned to travel with only the essentials. The budget airlines only allow a small bag, which is usually the size of a backpack. Pack outfits you know are tried and true, and be prepared to wear things more than once. Try bringing three shirts that match one pair of pants; anything you can do to de-bulk your bag helps.

Make a rough itinerary of what you want to do

Once you arrive, have a rough itinerary of what you want to do in your destination. If you go in blind, you'll probably miss out on some cool stuff. Prioritize what you want to spend money on; if you're a big art person, spend money on the art museum tickets, not the history museum. Know what you want to accomplish within a day, but leave time for meandering around the city. I'm a firm believer that the best way to get to know a culture is just by being present in it; you can't do this if you're constantly hussling from place to place.

Google itineraries are your new best friend. If you Google "Berlin in a day", or whatever city, Google generates an itinerary of the highlights of that city that can be accomplished in a day or two. It also gives you the most efficient route between the highlights and how to get there. This is a LIFE SAVER.

Pro Tip: Always ask if the place you're visiting has a student discount. A lot of the museums in the EU can be entered for free with a student visa in the EU. If not, places usually have at least a few dollars off!

Food (the wallet's biggest downfall if you're not careful)

A pretzel from a street market... was around a euro.

Food is oftentimes the culprit when I'm suddenly down $20 in what felt like 20 seconds. My biggest tip is to only eat out one meal a day. Eating out can add up very fast, especially when you're doing it three times a day. For the meals that you're not eating out, check out grocery stores or markets for cheaper eating options that are still within the local cuisine (I lived off of croissants, baguettes, and cheese in Paris).

When you do eat out, make sure it's a good meal. Don't settle for the restaurants with the English menus outside in the most touristy areas. Yelp and Google are your new best friends. Even Googling "authentic Hungarian cuisine cheap" has resulted in the best meals my friends and I have had. Use the internet to your advantage.

Getting around within cities

It really depends on the city whether you need public transportation or if its walkable. Smaller cities like Prague and Budapest? Definitely walkable. Bigger cities like Paris and Berlin? You definitely need public transportation. Just because its a big city doesn't mean it has good public transportation, though (*cough* I'm looking at you, Paris *cough*).

It's helpful to pick accommodations that are close to the main things you want to see in a city, but sometimes it just isn't possible. Public transportation can be unreliable, confusing, expensive, or inconvenient. What do you do then? Ubering is expensive.

Try ridesharing apps that allow you to rent bikes or scooters. We got around Paris almost exclusively by scooter and it was incredibly cheap and easy. Almost all European cities are incredibly bike lane friendly, so navigating on a bike or scooter isn't too daunting.

If you're not on board for the bikes or scooters, don't be above an hour-long walk. If it's nice out, this can actually be really pleasant and a great way to see more of the city.

Give yourself time to chill

Travelling is exhausting. Especially when you're doing it in such a short amount of time with so much to do. Give yourself breathers to take in your surroundings and appreciate where you are. Don't feel like you have to be go go go the entire time. Some of my favorite memories from my travels have been sitting in parks and people watching. Give yourself a chance to take it all in.

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