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Photography Tips: The Greek Isles: Part I



Strung like pearls across the Aegean Sea are the islands and islets known as the Cyclades. Among them are Mykonos and Santorini, two of the most photogenic settings on the planet. From the blue domes of Oia to the sunset over the caldera, the famous windmills of Kato Myli to the whitewashed exteriors of the Three Bells of Fira, there is no shortage of postcard-worthy views. Whether you’re looking to document your travels or explore your creative instincts, these photography tips will help you best capture the islands of Greece while making the most of your time behind the lens.




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Topics: Europe


Scotland’s Loch Ness Region: The Monster, The Myth and The Majesty




It was 1933 when the road was completed that would skirt the shores of Loch Ness. Before long, local residents took to the new highway for Sunday afternoon drives and panoramic views of the glacier-gorged waterway. It was on one such outing that a young couple claimed to have seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.” Although the legend of an aquatic beast in these Scottish waters had existed for more than a thousand years, it was this particular sighting that gave birth to Scotland’s most infamous mascot: Nessie: the Loch Ness “monster.”




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe


Traveling to Connemara: Ireland’s Terrible Beauty



Lauded by poets and authors, Connemara is a remote corner of Ireland beloved for its romantic landscapes and majestic scenery. With rusty peat bogs and miles of desolate coastline, glittering black lakes and soaring mountains, it is as Yeat’s once said, “a terrible beauty.” Visitors come to this region on the edge of Europe in County Galway to wander amidst the startling landscapes, take in the untamed wonders of scenic byways like the Sky Road, and explore the quaint villages that pepper the region. Here are just some of the top things to do when traveling to Connemara, Ireland’s savage beauty.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe


What To Eat in Alaska: Where Farm-to-Table is the Norm



Before it became a movement, native Alaskans were foraging for food and consuming meat and produce no more than one step removed from the farm. With some of the nation’s most verdant landscapes and pristine waterways, eating local also means eating very well. So if you’re planning a vacation to the Frontier State, here are some tips on what you should be eating in Alaska.




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Topics: Alaska, Planning a Vacation


Journey to the Center of the Earth: 7 Tips for Visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park



As the elevator begins its descent into the earth, visitors wait with bated breath for what lies at the end of a 75-story drop. When the doors finally open, one of the world’s most spectacular cave systems reveals itself. Hundreds of millions of years in the making, the Carlsbad Caverns were known to Native Americans as far back as the 10th century when the earliest of their pictographs were drawn upon the walls. Today, visitors still come to explore the 100 known caves that lie in this system 14 football fields in size and shrouded in netherworld-like darkness.




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Topics: Americas, Planning a Vacation, US National Parks


Going to the Sun: A Journey Through Montana's Glacier National Park



The quiet two-lane road begins at the entrance to Glacier National Park, just a stone’s throw from Kalispell, Montana. For 50 miles it bisects a million acres of pristine wilderness from east to west until it finally emerges at Logan Pass. Along the journey from the park’s lowest elevation to the summit of the Continental Divide it will travel past glacial lakes and cedar forests, a thousand seasonal waterfalls and the Alpine Tundra that tops the towering pass.




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Topics: Alaska, Americas, US National Parks


James Joyce’s Dublin: From Walking Tours to Bloomsday Celebrations



In In the book, Ulysses, author James Joyce details a single day in the life of Leopold Bloom, an Irish Jew and modern-day Odysseus. So taken are the Irish with this novelist and his masterwork that every year on that legendary day they hold a festival in the character’s honor: Bloomsday. On June 16th, and the days surrounding the festival, literary fans dress up in Edwardian clothing, partake of the peculiar eats found in the book and revel in the atmosphere of turn-of-the-century Dublin. Visitors and locals alike take to the streets of Dublin to pay homage to the places associated with Joyce and the characters in his books, making the James Joyce walking tour a favorite stop on any Irish getaway. Here are some of the sites you can expect to see:




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Topics: Europe


Tips for a Winery Tour: What to Know on a Wine Tasting



Wineries are fast becoming one of the most charming vacation options around. With picturesque scenery, tempting tastes, and a bevy of interesting proprietors, why wouldn’t you go? Here are our tips on wine etiquette, winery visits and other need-to-know info.




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Topics: Americas


Traveling Through the Flavors of France: Top 10 Culinary Tips for French Dining



Throughout France, fine dining is a birthright. From cassoulet to bouillabaisse, rich cooking tradition abounds in nearly every corner of this European country. In fact, few places in the world breed such culinary passion or knowledge, and few travel experiences can rival the pleasure of a good meal and a fine vintage in this travel mecca. To make the most of your culinary adventure, we offer the following tips and recommendations when dining in France.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe


100 Years of Wonder: Exploring America’s National Parks



As the United States prepares to celebrate the Centennial of the National Parks System, travelers will be heading out across our nation to explore the natural wonders of places like the Grand Canyon and Death Valley. We invite you to join YMT Vacations as we take a look at the history, the wildlife and the many fascinating things to discover inside our nation’s parks in this series: 100 Years of Wonder: Exploring America’s National Parks




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Topics: Alaska, US National Parks


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