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Austria: Sensational Skiing

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Austria, Sightseeing, Skiing, Soft Adventure, Spectator Sports, Winter Sports

Austria’s Ski amadé is a sensory experience; a colourful explosion of blue sky, white snow and emerald green trees; interspersed with aromatic aromas of local cuisine and the silken taste of Austrian wine (their secret weapon!). It sharpens your senses – it’s chaotic, intoxicating, raw, in-your-face and utterly exciting. Like
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A Walk Through Sussex, England’s Wine Country

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Culinary, England, Photography, Sightseeing, Soft Adventure, Spectator Sports, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, Wine Country Tours, Wine Tours

Now is the time for wine and nature lovers to rejoice; not only do Sussex vineyards produce beautiful wines, they also provide opportunities to sample, tour the vineyards and meet the Vintners. Fizz On Foot, who offers guided walk and wine tasting tours, combine the great outdoors with walks through
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Europe Through the Windscreen (Part Two)

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Posted in Architectural, Arts and Culture, Belgium, Culinary, England, Europe, France, History Tours, Photography, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, Upscale Travel

DEAL (COUNTY KENT) & BENTLEY Like all of England, the rural landscape is manicured, clean and precise – the habits of an old and fastidious land where the great British tradition of an afternoon tea in a quirky worn-around-the-edges Tea Room is a prerequisite. Driving a Bentley Continental GT Speed (Conti
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Europe Through the Windscreen (Part One)

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Posted in Around-the-World, Arts and Culture, Castle Tours and Stays, Culinary, Driving Vacations, England, Europe, Italy, Photography, Sightseeing, Spectator Sports, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, Upscale Travel, Wales

WALES & LOTUS Wales is home to Tom Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta Jones, the world’s oldest language and more castles per square mile than any other place on Earth. It’s an old and fastidious land of charmed, dreamy landscapes; farmhouses and snug villages tucked away amongst deep woodlands in
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British Blooms at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

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Posted in Architectural, Arts and Culture, England, Fall Foliage, United Kingdom

My plan, upon finding myself in London with a day off, was to indulge my inner Downton Abbey fan with a trip to Highclere Castle. The Jacobethan “country home” that housed the fictitious Grantham clan was, however, closed until spring so I decided to trudge from my friend’s flat in
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National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Historical travel, United States of America

Hamilton tickets have become one of the most coveted cultural commodities of our day, but a timed pass to the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) comes in a close second. This is in part because the museum, which opened on September 24, 2016, has
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Kensington: How to Spend a Rainy Day in London

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Posted in 18-35 Youth, Activities, Archeology, Architectural, Arts and Culture, Europe, Holiday Travel, United Kingdom

If you know better, you avoid London’s Victoria and Albert Museum like the plague when it rains, especially if that rain happens to be falling on a Sunday afternoon when most of the world finds itself at the start of Spring Break. You especially avoid the V&A if a new
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Five Carnivals Around the World

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Posted in 18-35 Youth, Activities, Around-the-World, Arts and Culture, Brazil, Destination Weddings, Ecotours, England, Europe, European Rail, Exchange Students, Family Travel, Festivals, Gay and Lesbian Travel, Gay-Lesbian, Honeymoon and Destination Weddings, Honeymoons, Italy, Last Minute Travel, Louisiana, North America, Perfoming Arts, Photography, River Cruises (European), Senior Citizens, Shopping, Sightseeing, Singles, Soft Adventure, Solo Travel, South America, South and Central America, Spring Break, Style, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America, Women Only

People from all over the world tend to seek out vacations where they can bask in the sun and enjoy a climate that’s much hotter than then they are used to on a daily basis. But how about you double your pleasure by visiting your chosen destination when they celebrate
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Celebrating Portland’s Summer Festival Season

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Posted in Activities, Arts and Culture, Beer and Pub Tours, Bicycling, Biking, Festivals, Food Tours, Oregon, Photography, Uncategorized

While one can find Portlanders coming together regardless of the weather, the city bursts to life once the gray clouds subside. The city’s summer season represents an overabundance of activities celebrating the bounty of the Pacific Northwest.   Cheers to Beer Festivals According to Travelocity’s first Beer Tourism Index, Portland
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Offbeat Venice

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Posted in Accommodations, Arts and Culture, Historical travel, History Tours, Italy, Jewish Heritage, Romance

If you come away from Venice thinking, “It’s too crowded and it smells,” you’re doing it wrong. Sure, the labyrinthine city’s glory days are long gone, and many of the palazzos along the Grand Canal have been converted to restaurants or left to rot, their first floors already reclaimed by
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Exploring Whidbey Island’s Natural Charm

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Beer and Pub Tours, Culinary, Nature-Wildlife, North America, Photography, Shopping, Sightseeing, Soft Adventure, Spectator Sports, United States of America, Walking, Washington, Wine Tours

Visitors in the Seattle area looking for a quick getaway might want to check out Whidbey Island, one of the most scenic and accessible destinations in the Pacific Northwest. Within an hour of leaving North Seattle, travelers can arrive on this island via a 20-minute ride from the Mukilteo ferry
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Mumbai’s Fast Food

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Culinary, India, Sightseeing, Uncategorized

Dozens of dabbawallas congregate under a tall Banyan tree; more arrive every minute. I watched these tiffin carrying deliverymen sort out the lunch boxes at a frantic pace, then load the steel tiffins onto their bicycles and push carts. Soon groups of three or four dabbawalas push carts laden with
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Venice 101: Hit the Highlights in One Day

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Cruise, Cruises, Destinations, Europe, Italy, Romance

I was lucky enough to take my first trip to Venice at 14 but that early exposure to world travel came with an early exposure to budget travel accommodations as well. We stayed on a campground on the mainland and had to leave the lagoon before sunset to make sure
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9 Reasons to Head to Memphis

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Posted in 18-35 Youth, Accommodations, Activities, Arts and Culture, Destinations, Family Travel, Historical travel, Lodging, Luxury, North America, Tennessee, United States of America

Nashville may have been getting all the attention with a television show, but it’s not the only place you want to go to for the history of southern music and family fun. Memphis offers a look into the birthplace of the Blues, civil rights, and major attractions. Allow a full
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