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“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


Heating Up This Summer: Why Alaska Is A Top Summer Travel Destination




There’s no doubt that Alaskan tourism is hot right now. Everyone from families to retirees are heeding the call of the wild and heading to the Frontier State this summer. From an abundance of wildlife to national parks the size of small nations, glaciers that calve off icebergs as large as school busses and a Native American culture where history is carved in wood, Alaska is unlike anywhere else you’ve ever been.




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Topics: Alaska


Fit For Travel: Tips for a Healthier 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. Assessing your fitness and preparing for the rigors of travel is not something you can put off until the last minute. To make sure you are physically fit for your next vacation and in the know about what to expect, here are a few tips to get you in your best shape for travel:




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Topics: Planning a Vacation


Exploring Shanghai’s French Concession




In a city of 20 million residents, there is always noise. Horns blare and subway car doors slam shut on the world’s longest metro system as jack hammers pound out the soundtrack for the growth of a skyline that continues to rise. But below the cacophony and bright lights, in the shadow of the 6,000 high-rises that race each other toward the sun, there is another Shanghai -- the Former French Concession.




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Topics: China


While Venice is Sinking: Travel trends for 2017




A few years ago more than 1,350 villages rested in the valleys of what is now the Yangtze River. When the pulsing body of water was dammed by China’s Three Gorges, more than 1 million people and centuries of history were relocated. Today, our world continues to change and evolve, forever altering the travel landscape. As populations rise and climates change, many ancient cultures are vanishing from our planet. Here is a list of the top destinations to visit before they’re gone:




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Trail Mix: All The Tips You’ll Need to Hike Kauai




Kauai is known for hiking. In fact, some of the world’s most picturesque trails snake their way across this Hawaiian island. From coastal treks to mountain peaks, through rain forests and valley trails that make their way to majestic waterfalls, Kauai has something for everyone. With trails for all levels, the island offers many tempting day outings. However, if you’re thinking of hiking Kauai as a beginner, there are a few tips you’ll need to keep in mind to make the most of your time and ensure your safety:




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Topics: Hawaii


Tips to Avoid Getting Lost in Venice




With its labyrinth of intertwining canals and serpentine bridges, Venice is notoriously hard to navigate. Not only are there multiple streets of the same name, but it’s common to head down an alleyway only to have it dead end around a sharp corner. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find your way with the right help. Here are 8 tricks to keep in mind so as not to get lost in Venice.




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Topics: Italy