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Getting to Know Antigua

Sand, sun, rum and fun. That’s Antigua! Offering excitement as well as relaxation, Antigua might be the destination you’ve been waiting to plan for. The island of Antigua was once a British colony, and now shares a government with nearby island Barbuda. It’s still got close ties to Britain (as evidenced by locals’ love of the sport of cricket) but maintains the distinctly Caribbean feel that visitors love. Looking for luxury on your vacation? Find Antigua all inclusive holidays and enjoy the sun without having to worry about the details. Let’s look at some things to do while visiting Antigua: One of the things I love most about the Caribbean is that you can experience a variety of environments and […]

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Green Travel Tips

Traveling is a wonderful experience that enriches your life in many different ways. For example, traveling can open your eyes to alternative ways of living, help you make meaningful connections with others and create beautiful memories that will stay with you forever. Also, don’t forget that going on a trip is an efficient remedy against stress. However, those who favor a green lifestyle are worried about the negative side of traveling, since many kinds of transportation and other facets of travel can have a negative impact on the environment. But we say you can travel and live an eco-friendly lifestyle. So, let’s look at the following green travel tips to discover the world without damaging the environment. Just because you […]

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Winter Sports–For the Not Sporty

I love traveling in the Northern Hemisphere in the winter: discovering cities covered in snow, enjoying a hot beverage at a train or bus station, wrapping up in a scarf and mittens and taking a brisk walk through a beautiful place. For many of my fair-weather traveling pals, though, winter means just one kind of trip: A ski trip. But me and skis? We don’t get along so well. I’ll be tuning in to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, but I won’t be trying any of the snow sports myself. In college, I tried out snowboarding after someone told me that it would be easier—since you only need to worry about one piece of equipment on your feet, and not […]

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Featurette: Beijing

From mysterious alleys to grand stadiums, Beijing has plenty of things to do and see for all kinds of travelers. Now, I love museums so on my trip to Beijing a few years ago I spent a whole day at the Forbidden City immersed in history, legend and amazing architecture and ornamentation. But, an eight-hour trip to the museum certainly isn’t everybody’s idea of a great time! When we talk about “world cities” Beijing definitely deserves one of the top spots. For one thing, it’s one of the most populous cities on the planet, with *only* 20 million people, give or take a few. By contrast, New York and London each have about 8.3 million people. With that many inhabitants, […]

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Travel Inspiration: Planning a Trip to the Maldives

Long white beaches, deep blue waters, bungalows built just above the quiet water of a lagoon. In the morning, step out of your hotel room and into the sea, bringing along a mask and snorkel for some submarine sightseeing before breakfast. In the afternoon, relax in the shade or sun by the water’s edge on the beach. In the evening, sample fusion cuisine made from fresh-caught fish while you watch the sun sink into the vast, blue sea. One of the most unique, remote, and romantic destinations on the planet, the Maldives has a lot to offer in terms of travel inspiration. But, how does one even go about vacationing in the Maldives? They’re far away, but not hard to […]

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How to Be a Kick-Ass Guest

If you’re a traveler, you’re a guest. Whether you’re staying on someone’s couch, passing through a city just to say “hi” or putting up in the spare room you’re a guest. In a broader meaning, whenever you step foot outside your own hometown or cross the border into another country, you’re a guest. And, as you’ll remember from the lovely adage about guests’ shelf life*, after a few days you start to stink. To stop yourself from becoming what my partner calls a “douchecoucher” (the evil cousin of a couchsurfer), here are some guidelines to becoming a kick-ass guest, someone who is not only a good traveler, but somebody who’ll get invited back for more. Unless you’re friends with a […]

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Taking a Different Look at Affordable World Travel

Have you ever thought about vacationing in far off places but dismissed the idea due to the high price? Are places you never thought of going to but would consider in a New York minute if the price was affordable? Money doesn’t have to stand in the way of your dream vacation. Let’s reconsider your holiday options. Holiday trips have been rapidly reducing in price due to the competitive nature of the travel industry. There are so many options available that you simply have to make a list of a few key destinations you’d love to visit and then some research online to find the lowest prices. For many people, it’s easiest to choose to return to the same vacation […]

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3 Warming Winter Eats from Around the World

The first time someone asked me if I wanted to eat steamboat, I giggled because I had a mental picture of Mark Twain trying to eat a paddle steamer on the mighty Mississippi, circa 1900. However, steamboat—or hot pot, as it’s possibly more widely known—doesn’t have much to do with American novelists, rivers or even boats themselves. It’s a soup popular all over China and elsewhere in Asia, and is one of the number one best winter meals I’ve ever had.  This do-it-yourself stew is both a meal and an activity: typically you order the soup base and then select from a huge list of ingredients to later cook up in the broth. In Guizhou and Sichuan provinces, where hot […]

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Dread Taking Photos on Vacation? Read Our Tips

Editor’s note: this post is written by D.C. Pelka, Beth’s longtime travel partner. He is an avid photographer who loves capturing the strange and normal aspects of travel, especially the small moments of local people’s daily lives. You can see some of his photos on our website’s home page. Thanks for sharing your expertise (and some photos) with us! What makes travel photography so special? For me it’s about sharing. Sharing holiday pics with family and friends is a great way to share experiences. Travel snaps also help us remember our stories, our adventures and moments because sometimes a picture is worth more that a thousand words. Taking travel photos helps connect us to a place and says, yes I […]

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Spring Travel Around the World

I’ve lived much of my life in places where the seasons didn’t matter quite so much. Where “winter” just meant more rain and “summer” was just another notch higher on the air conditioner. I’ve also lived in places where every day showed new signs of the passing of the days. Though enjoying the seasons is often a subtle experience, something that happens gradually as the days slide by on their way to the equinox, through travel, you can get a taste for both seasonal and season-less environments. We’re smack in the middle of the Northern Hemisphere’s spring now. Looking for signs of spring? Here are some places around the world that are famous for just that:     Springtime travelers […]

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