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Fighting Ethnocentrism by Going to Europe: Travel as a Political Act with Rick Steves

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Posted in Accommodations, Adventure, Europe, European Rail, Food Tours, Historical travel, History Tours, Planning

The name Rick Steves has become synonymous with savvy, frugal, no-nonsense travel. He’s established a veritable European travel empire, including dozens of guidebooks, tours, apps, travel products and even the beloved PBS series, complete with its own theme song. But in the case of Rick Steves, “empire” isn’t really the
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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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Summer in Seattle

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Posted in Adventure, Beer and Pub Tours, Bicycling, Biking, Festivals, Food Tours, Kayaking, Photography, Shopping, Sightseeing, Soft Adventure, Spectator Sports, Walking, Washington

It’s summertime in Seattle, Washington. Hit the water now that the rain subsided and the gray clouds turned into white cotton. Raise a glass of craft beer, cider, wine, or spirits. Check out the city’s varied outdoor festivals. Pike Place Market Expands This summer marks a major expansion for Pike
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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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Ocean Friendly Whale Watching

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Posted in 18-35 Youth, Accessible Travel, Activities, Adventure, Around-the-World, Australia, Beach Vacations, Caribbean, Cruise, Cruise Tours, Cruises, Destination Weddings, Eco-Cruises, Ecotours, Exchange Students, Family Travel, Film Locations and Festivals, Gay and Lesbian Travel, Gay-Lesbian, Green Travel, Hawaii, Historical travel, History Tours, Holiday Travel, Honeymoons, Last Minute Travel, Nature-Wildlife, Photography, Private Jet Tours, Resorts, Scuba, Senior Citizens, Solo Travel, Spiritual Travel, Upscale Travel, Voluntourism, Whale Watching, Wildlife Watching, Women Only

Whales are one of the Earth’s largest mammals, the beauty of which is best seen in the open waters of the ocean. There are numerous destinations around the world where you can observe these gentle creatures swim, thrash, and play in the water. All that is needed is a quiet
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Actively Enjoying the Maldives

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Posted in Activities, All Inclusive, Beach Vacations, Maldives, Resorts

A deserted beach at Club Med Kani On most tiny tropical islands the activities for the day are pleasingly predictable: snorkeling, diving, a spot of swimming and cocktails served in coconut shells.
If that’s all you require, the non-stop action at Club Med Kani in the Maldives can feel rather
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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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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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Five Ways to Practice Mindfulness When Traveling

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Posted in Planning, Style, The Journey, Uncategorized

Do research. Plan trip. Get on plane, train, or in an automobile. Spend hours, sometimes days, in transit. Get to XYZ amazing destination and immediately begin thinking about how to have the best Instagram posts, take the most amazing photos and use all the amenities at your hotel. Sometimes it
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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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An Island on the Rise

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Posted in Activities, Asia, Historical travel, Holiday Travel

The stilt fishermen of Sri Lanka For years the little island of Sri Lanka has been a place that lots of people wanted to visit but very few actually did. A devastating civil war was followed by the brutal 2004 tsunami. Now the country is rising above its past to
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Desserts Glorious Desserts on the Highseas

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Posted in Activities, Adventure, All Inclusive, Antarctica, Asia, Australasia, Australia, Caribbean, Cruise, Culinary, Destinations, Europe, Family Travel, Florida, Gambling, Gay and Lesbian Travel, Holiday Travel, Honeymoon and Destination Weddings, Luxury, Mexico, New Zealand, North America, River Cruises, Romance, Shopping, Solo Travel, Spiritual Travel, Style, United States of America

Chocolate Chocolate Orange Cake by Nadia Ali When most people think about going on a cruise, the first thing that comes to mind is the dreamy vacation onboard a luxury ship surrounded by the sea. Spending evenings watching the cabaret shows, having a posh dinner and walking on the deck
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Jamaica Day Trip to Falmouth

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Posted in Caribbean, Cruise, Culinary, Food Tours


What to Expect
The Port of Falmouth is one of the newer ones in the Caribbean. It was opened in 2011 to house the new mega ships and give another itinerary choice in Jamaica. Since it is between Montego Bay (18 miles away) and Ocho Rios (59 miles away), it
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