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Passport to Wellness: How to Stay Healthy While Traveling




Like many others, you’ve no doubt made some resolutions this New Year. And if you’re like most Americans, fitness and healthy eating are what’s on tap for 2017. But just how do you remain committed to your goals while traveling? Here are some tips and advice for staying in shape and keeping to your diet while traveling.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation


Bottoms Up! Sipping a Papa Doble in Havana




“This frozen daiquiri, so well beaten as it is, looks like the sea where the wave falls away from the bow of a ship when she is doing thirty knots.” - Ernest Hemingway, Islands in the Stream




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Topics: Cuba


Mind Your Manners, Signore: Travel Etiquette for Italy




It’s your first time in Italy and you’re looking to mind your manners with the locals. While accustomed to Americans, the Italians do appreciate a certain amount of decorum from visitors traveling within the country. Here are the top tips for proper Italian travel etiquette:




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Topics: Italy


Beach Photography Tips: Capturing Hawaii’s Best Side




You’ve bought the ticket, packed the bags, and now you’re headed to paradise. But while a week in Hawaii may be picture-perfect, capturing that beauty on film or in your social media posts may not be as easy as it looks. With harsh sunlight and an endless horizon, getting the ideal beach shot takes some practice. Here are our top tips for beach photography:




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Topics: Hawaii


All-Aboard! Riding the Rails on the Amtrak Coast Starlight




This coastal train tour snakes its way along the Pacific Coast for 1,377 miles from Seattle to Los Angels in the tradition of the golden age of rail travel. The double-decker Superliner is best known for its Sightseer Lounge, a car with panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows that offers unsurpassed access to the passing vistas and 360-degree views of the landscape. Here are some tips for your journey aboard the legendary Amtrak Coast Starlight rail line:




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Topics: Alaska


Cheers! Exploring Victoria, B.C.’s Craft Beer Scene




Perched on the rocky southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is a haven for outdoor activity, stately Victorian architecture, and exciting culinary finds. But what you may not know is that this vibrant Canadian city is also known for its craft beers. Home to the oldest brewpub in Canada, it offers a wide variety of micro-breweries and a host of self-guided walking tours that let you explore the locally-crafted suds. Here are our tips for exploring Victoria’s craft beer scene:




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Topics: Canadian Rockies


The Arrival of the Christkind: Exploring the Salzburg Christmas Market




Christkind is the German name for the Christ-child, the giver of good gifts at Christmas throughout Austria, Germany and many other European countries. With the Protestant Reformation, many 17th century Protestants shied away from St. Nicholas as the gift-bearer in favor of the Christ Child who arrived to children’s delight on Christmas Eve instead of the former holiday of December 6.




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Topics: Europe


The Power of the Carry-On: Must-Haves for Airline Travel




If you’ve traveled for any length of time, you may have experienced that stomach-dropping feeling that happens when the last bag is plucked off the carousel and your luggage is no where in sight. If this has ever happened to you, you understand how crucial it is to have a properly-packed carry-on for your future travels. Here are some tips on what you’ll need, what not to forget, and how to assemble the ideal emergency travel bag:




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Topics: Planning a Vacation


Cuba’s Isle of Youth: The Story, The History, The Treasure




If Cuba is the forbidden fruit of travel, then the Isle of Youth is its most tempting indulgence.




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Topics: Cuba


The Top Things to Do in Glasgow




Just 50 miles from Edinburgh, Scotland’s ‘other city’ should make every traveler’s bucket list. Subtle and elegant, Glasgow is a mix of modern and classic architecture with a host of cultural offerings and elegant green spaces.




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Topics: Europe