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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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Zambia: Swimming with the devil

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Posted in Africa, Destinations, Zambia

“We have lost only one man,” said Alpha Omega, our Devil’s Pool guide, a tall stick of a man, “and that was because he saved a guest who chose not to take his advice.” All the guides standing at the edge of the briefing room/cafeteria, considered this statement solemnly, their
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A city alive with history

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Posted in Canada, History Tours, Holiday Travel, Quebec

The stunning skyline of Quebec. Quebec is one of the safest cities on the world, especially for women, my new friend tells me. That’s lucky, I think, because I’ve just jumped into his car and we’re driving up into deserted forests. If I disappear, nobody will ever know why. All
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Discover Chester, England

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Posted in Accommodations, England

Fairy tale-like Chester is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The old town’s collection of quirky stores housed in Rows (a fully-functioning medieval version of a shopping mall) is reminiscent of sepia toned Grimm’s tale. What is truly striking about Chester is its dramatic architecture. It has a Victorian
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Wild, Watery and Wonderful

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Posted in Africa, Holiday Travel, Safari, Sightseeing, Zambia

The mighty Victoria Falls It seems unlikely that anything could be thrilling enough to waylay me when I’m walking to Victoria Falls, already armed with a rain coat and a silly grin. But when the hotel gardener I’m breezing past says: “Hello, do you want to see the giraffes?” it
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Eating London’s Soho

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Posted in Europe, Food Tours

Whilst eating my way around the square mile of Soho I got to meet some of its food heroes – the people who create the greatest food in the capital. Like a gin-infused meat pie at The London Gin Club, La Bodega Negra’s modern-day twist on tacos, the Spanish ham
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A Fantastic Fjord Detour Worth the Drive in Iceland

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Posted in Activities, Driving Vacations, Europe, Iceland

Iceland’s most scenic and popular route is the so called “Golden Circle” of approximately 300 kilometers of breathtaking views, often traversed in a circular pattern out and back from Reykjavik. Within the Golden Circle lie some of the country’s top attractions, including Þingvellir National Park, the spectacular Gullfoss waterfalls and
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Parambikulam Tiger Reserve: India’s Real Jungle Book

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Posted in Accommodations, India

I arrived at Parambikulam, a government run Tiger Reserve in Kerala, and paid Rs300 to gain access, Rs70 for the car, plus another Rs300 for my camera. At the main office, where I’m to book in for the night, I’m told I need to pay tourist prices, not the fee I
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Miami Arts and Culture: More than Sun and Sand

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Posted in Activities, Archeology, Architectural, Arts and Culture, Beach Vacations, Destinations, Florida, History Tours, Sightseeing, United States of America

Modern skyscrapers on the Miami River in downtown Miami (Credit: Jerome Levine) Miami is probably best known to tourists as a popular cruise port and gateway to the sandy beaches of greater Miami Beach. But over the last decade, the downtown area of the city has been transformed into a
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A City of Politics and Playfulness

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Canada, Ontario, Sightseeing

Parliament Hill in Ottawa After visiting Canada’s party city of Montreal and its astonishingly beautiful neighbor, old Quebec, I was expecting to find Ottawa a little dull. I imagined the capital city to be dour and intellectual – a place with museums on every corner where you nod wisely at
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This Summer's Unusual Beach Activities

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Posted in Activities, Beach Vacations, Destinations, Greece, Italy, Malaysia, Maldives, Portugal, Seychelles, St Lucia

Moonlight Paddleboard Yoga, Greece The Skiathos Princess: Participants can awaken their senses by performing YOGAqua (Yoga on Stand up Paddle Boards) on the glistening, moonlit waters of Skiathos with stars sparkling overhead – a truly idyllic and unforgettable atmosphere. Days with a full moon are revered in the Ashtanga yoga tradition
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Catch the Spirit in Los Cabos, Mexico

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Posted in Activities, Culinary, Luxury, Mexico, Wine Tours

El Arco at Lands End in Los Cabos (Credit: Jerome Levine) From Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo, hotels and restaurants are showcasing wine and spirit experiences. If your liquid memories of Baja, Mexico are limited to cheap tequila shots or six-packs of Corona, it’s time to return
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Southwestern Michigan’s Wine Country Delights the Senses

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Posted in Activities, Culinary, United States of America, Wine Tours

Napa Valley in California; Tuscany in Italy; The Rioja region in Spain; and….Michigan? While the aforementioned destinations are top of mind as a wine lovers paradise, don’t overlook this lesser known but beautiful hidden gem just 90 minutes out of Chicago. Round Barn Winery in Baroda All up and down
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