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The ‘Reel’ Ireland: Pubs and Traditional Irish Music




If Ireland had a sound, it would be a foot-tapping reel played fast and furiously over the raucous banter of a crowded pub. Often it starts slow and simple with just a guitar but before long fiddlers and accordion players, drummers and banjo strummers are quickening the pace. 




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Topics: Ireland


Best Travel Value for Summer 2017: Why Visit Canada Now




Forbes Magazine recently called Canada one of the Cheapest Places to Travel in 2017. Not only is the Canadian loonie lagging at 70 cents to the U.S. dollar, but the current historic high of American currency means you’ll pay 30 percent less on those coveted travel experiences.




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Topics: Canadian Rockies


Greece for the Summer: How to Save on Your Trip to Santorini




Thanks to the high value of the U.S. dollar and a weakened Euro, Americans are making plans to take that much-dreamed-of European vacation. High on the bucket list of many travelers is Greece, or Santorini to be specific. 




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Topics: Greece


Les Trois Tetons: Exploring Grand Teton National Park




When French trappers came upon the trio of jagged peaks that jutted into the sky above Jackson Hole, they described them as “Les Trois Tetons,” or the three breasts, the tallest of which they bawdily called the “Grand Teton.” Despite the crude origins of its name, Grand Teton National Park is a place of stunning beauty and dramatic vistas and a must for every traveler.




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Topics: Americas


Italy: Among the World’s Best Cities to Eat




Travel and food go hand in hand and there’s no better way to experience a culture than to pull up a seat at the table. From Michelin-stared restaurants to local mom-and-pop eateries, a good meal is the best way to savor your travels and is often reason enough for booking an entire trip.




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Topics: Italy


Why Belfast Is Among 2017’s Top Destinations




When Travel + Leisure announced the 50 Best Places to Travel in 2017, Belfast, Northern Ireland was high on the list of the world’s favorite destinations for food, culture, and entertainment. With two Michelin-starred restaurants and a host of other innovative dining options, there’s a lot of flavors in this former “troubled” city. There are museums and historical attractions a plenty, a rich cultural heritage, and a number of new design-forward architectural treasures.




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Topics: Ireland


Paradise for Less: Eating on a Budget in Hawaii




It’s no secret, a Hawaiian vacation is a splurge. But with YMT Vacations and some creative planning, this once-in-a-lifetime journey can be a true value -- even for retirees on a fixed income. Here’s how to make the most of your dollar on your next Hawaiian vacation:




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Topics: Hawaii


It’s All Greek to Me: What to Eat While in Greece




No one enjoys their food more than the Greeks do, but many Americans shy away from travels here because the food seems too exotic. The good news is Greek cuisine is never that spicy, the seasonings and ingredients are quite familiar and, more importantly, it’s delicious.




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Topics: Greece


Is A Great Barrier Reef Dive Right for You?: Tips for Australia’s Greatest Wonder




Just below the surface of the water lies another world teeming with wonder and fascination. Come discover sea turtles and clownfish, manta rays and schools of angelfish as you dive The Great Barrier Reef. But if you’re like many first-time travelers to Australia, you may wonder if this bucket-list experience is something you can actually do. The good news is, it is! 




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Topics: Planning a Vacation


Where To Get the Most for Your US Dollar: Today’s Best Vacation Values




On a recent ski trip to Whistler, Canada I got a first-hand look at the importance of an exchange rate. Admittedly, I hadn’t spent much time thinking about what the American dollar was worth when I booked my 25th anniversary but when I began seeing the difference between what the bill was and what my U.S. debit card was being charged, I was more than a bit pleasantly surprised.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation