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Majestic Windmills of Amsterdam

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Posted in Activities, Adventure, Air Travel, Backpacking, Biking, Birdwatching, Destinations, Europe, Family Travel, Features, Garden Tours, Gay and Lesbian Travel, Green Travel, Historical travel, Holiday Travel, Holland, Honeymoon and Destination Weddings, Planning, Romance, Solo Travel, Spiritual Travel, Style, Voluntourism

Majestic Windmill by Njaj Amsterdam is the beautiful capital city of the Netherlands. It is a city steeped deep in 17th century history through its buildings, streets and canal ways. It is home to windmills or windmolen as they say in Dutch – the language of Holland. There was
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Top 5 Things to do in Ireland

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Posted in Activities, Adventure, Backpacking, Biking, Birdwatching, Camping, Europe, Family Travel, Gay and Lesbian Travel, Green Travel, Hiking, Historical travel, Lodging, Planning, Rafting, Solo Travel, Style, The Journey, United Kingdom, Voluntourism, Wild Life

Irelands Lush Countryside by Florian Fuchs When you think of the country Ireland, the color green may instantly comes to mind, as do its green patchwork and grassy hillsides. Officially known as the Republic of Ireland and nicknamed the Emerald Isle, its magical scenery attracts visitors from around the globe
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Camping 101

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Posted in Activities, Adventure, Backpacking, Camping, Glamping, Hiking, Planning

Camping can be a great way to get closer to your family in every sense of the word.  You’ll be able to roast marshmallows over a roaring fire, huddle together for some stargazing and finally snuggle up in your tent at the end of the night.  You can invite a
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From Volcanoes to Ziplines: El Salvador’s Wild Side

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Posted in Adventure, Backpacking, Beach Vacations, Birdwatching, Destinations, Hiking, River Cruises, South and Central America, Wild Life

Tour guides often refer to El Salvador as “the country of 40 minutes.”  Because it is the smallest country in Central America, flanked by Guatemala to the west and Honduras to the northwest, you can easily hike a volcano in the morning, grab lunch at the beach, and end your
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A Llama-Trek to Machu Picchu

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Posted in Activities, Backpacking, Hiking, South America

When it comes to bucket lists, travel writers are luckier than most; we get the opportunity to cross out a lot of items. Machu Picchu has been on my bucket list since before the term “bucket list” even came into common usage. In fact, it’s been on my list since
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Going green (really green) on the Emerald Isle for St. Patty’s Day

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Posted in Accommodations, Activities, Adventure, Backpacking, Biking, Birdwatching, Destinations, Europe, Family Travel, Green Travel, Hiking, Historical travel, Ireland, Lodging, Solo Travel, Style, Uncategorized, Wild Life

As Ireland’s national holiday approaches, visions of all things green will sweep over the island, as well as fill the minds of Irish descendents spread across the globe, many of whom make pilgrimages back to their motherland on the ever-popular St. Patrick’s Day. Green everything in all shades is usually
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Sarajevo: Touring a Recent History

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Posted in Activities, Backpacking, Europe, Historical travel, Solo Travel

Rubble and debris crunch under my feet as I step over the remnants of a three-year war. Looking out through a windowless frame of the ruined Dom Policije Vranjače (Police House originally used as a vacation home for police officers and later as a vantage point for intruding Serbian forces),
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Unique Adventures in Iceland That Will Make Your Friends Jealous

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Posted in Activities, Adventure, Astronomy, Backpacking, Camping, Destinations, Europe, Family Travel, Gay and Lesbian Travel, Green Travel, Hiking, Iceland, Romance, Solo Travel, Spiritual Travel, Style, Uncategorized, Wild Life

It’s always fun to come back from a trip with incredible stories — not only for the fond memories, but also (of course) to be able to leave your friends and family in awe of all the exciting details. Exaggeration won’t even be necessary if you decide to partake in
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Voluntourism: Giving Back without Breaking the Bank

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Posted in Backpacking, Europe, Germany, Voluntourism

Volunteers at a historic renovation project in Germany Sure, we’d all love to quit our jobs, run off to some unpronounceable locale and join the Peace Corps. But what if you can’t quit your job or commit to a 27-month stint away from home? Long-term placements aren’t for everyone, but
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Hopping Through Europe’s Easter Markets

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Posted in Activities, Backpacking, Culinary, Destinations, Europe, Family Travel, Festivals, Garden Tours, Gay and Lesbian Travel, Germany, Historical travel, Holiday Travel, Romance, Shopping, Solo Travel, Spiritual Travel, Style, Uncategorized

Europe is known for having an extensive and impressive array of Christmas markets, but the seasonal merriment doesn’t have to stop there. In springtime, when flowers, trees and hibernating critters begin to come out of winter hiding, new markets also start to pop up across the continent. Some are devoted
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Making the Most of Your Luggage

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Posted in Backpacking, The Journey, Travel IQ

Dear Travel IQ: Packing is the bane of my life. I can never fit everything I need into my bags and I never have everything I need when I arrive. I feel like I should go without any luggage and just buy what I need when I get to my
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DOs and DONTs: New Year in Valparaiso

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Posted in Adventure, Backpacking, Chile, Festivals, South America

Chilean Revelers Valparaiso, for want of a better word, is a shanty town on the coast of Chile. Starting from its docks, sitting in that all too commonly found water, colored grayish brown by the offal of container ships, it extends up scattered hills away from the sea. The city
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Transport in Bolivia

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Posted in Adventure, Backpacking, Solo Travel, South America, The Journey

La Paz Transport I’m not a man designed for transport really, be that public or otherwise. My limbs are longer than they should be, my posture is terrible, and I have trouble sleeping in anything other than a bed. So it’s no surprise that my least favorite bit of traveling
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The Most Beautiful Spot in the World?

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Posted in Adventure, Backpacking, Biking, Birdwatching, Destinations, Family Travel, Historical travel, Holiday Travel, Lodging, North America, Solo Travel, Spiritual Travel, United States of America

Some of early-America’s greatest painters and writers called this one of the most beautiful spots in the world. On the map, it’s only two hours north of Manhattan. But it may as well be a world away. The Kaaterskill Clove is a Catskill Mountain ravine of stunning beauty, with dense
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