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Discovering Colonial Antigua: Guatemala’s Favorite Provincial Town




In the shadow of bustling Guatemala City, Colonial Antigua is a step back in time. Once the seat of the Spanish Crown, it was abandoned when the capital was moved -- decreasing the population and thereby preserving its ruins and provincial charm.




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Topics: Americas


Irish Customs: 12 Do’s and Don’ts for Visiting Ireland




While the Irish are typically very social and relaxed, an understanding of the social norms and expectations is always important when visiting a foreign country, especially for the first time. Here is a list of do’s and don’ts and other useful tips when traveling to the Emerald Isle.




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Topics: Ireland Vacation


Lake Tahoe Travel Guide: Tips for Planning Your Vacation




With snow-capped mountains mirrored in turquoise waters and evergreen forests ringing 72 miles of shoreline, Lake Tahoe is a natural Alpine wonder and a must-see for every traveler.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation


More For Your Travel Dollars: Vacation Extensions and Tour Packages




One of the best ways to maximize your travel experience for less is with a tour package. Not only do these grouped travel itineraries save you money by bundling together the trip, they also allow you to take in multiple destinations in a single journey.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation


The Trip Advisor: Tips for Senior Travelers




In just one week 3,189 readers logged onto Romeo Fernandez’s TripAdvisor review of the hotels and experiences on his most recent YMT Vacations journey. His insight and advice into the Rose Parade, Grand Canyon Sunrise & Red Rocks Tour has now earned him his Senior Contributor badge and made this 77-year-old Canadian traveler a favorite of global explorers and a go-to source for newer, less-seasoned adventurers.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Rose Parade


The “Silver” Lining for Travelers: Why Vacation Extensions Make Sense




In twenty-five years of marriage life sometimes gets in the way of your travels: kids come along, work gets hectic, and your precious time off is usually spent going to visit the grandparents. That’s how it was with Dan and Lorna Albanese.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Rose Parade


“Mighty Mo”: Exploring the USS Battleship Missouri




On September 2, 1945 the Allied and Axis powers met aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay to end World War II. In a solemn ceremony, representatives of the Empire of Japan and General Mac Arthur stepped forward to sign the Instrument of Surrender, thereby restoring peace to the world. After years of war and devastation, and the horrific events of Pearl Harbor, the greatest generation was left to remember and honor the sacrifice of America’s soldiers. 




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Topics: Hawaii


A Traveler’s Time Out: Tips for Visiting Lisbon’s Mercado da Ribeira




A few years ago, folks in Lisbon set about turning a hundred-year-old market into a culinary destination. Today this hip food court in the Mercado da Ribeira is a fun and unique way to experience the culture in what is fast becoming one of the most popular foodie hangouts in the city. Inside the venue, which is commonly called the “Time Out Market,” you’ll find 35 semi-permanent kiosks -- offering everything from regional specialties to trendy treats. Here are a few tips on what to look for and how to make the most of your culinary visit to Mercado da Ribeira:




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Topics: Europe


The Top 7 Dishes to Eat in Milan




It’s a known fact that Italy’s cities to the north use butter as the fat of choice, rather than the olive oils of the southern regions. Add to that the absence of seafood in this landlocked area that features a lot of red meat and you can understand why Milanese food is particularly rich. With such decadent ingredients, the iconic dishes of Milan are often quite luxurious. Here are our top seven dishes you’ll want to enjoy in Milan:




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Topics: Italy


Fit to Travel - Part 2: How Your Activity Level Affects Your Vacation




Knowing your activity level is key to the success of your travels. Not only does it ensure your own health and safety, but being aware of your capabilities also helps predict your ability to keep pace with the group -- making sure everyone is evenly matched and a good time is had by all. Understanding the physical activity and effort necessary for a specific tour will help you to select the vacation that’s right for you. Here’s how an activity scale can help you to best assess your own personal abilities:




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Topics: Planning a Vacation