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Japanese Customs: Dos and Don’ts for Visiting Japan




One of the main reasons so many travelers have Japan at the top of their bucket list is for the tiny island nation’s one-of-a-kind culture. Japan kept itself isolated from the rest of the world for centuries under their isolation policy of Sakoku, finally emerging in the mid-1800s with an utterly unique identity, free of the Western influence that had already seeped into many parts of Asia. Japan has changed drastically in the more than a century since the end of Sakoku, and while it has certainly been influenced by the rest of the world in that time, it has maintained the majority of its still strong cultural identity.




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Topics: Asia, Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips


Differences Between Airline Security Clearances




When traveling to the airport, it’s essential to factor in extra time for the security line. But what if you could bypass the line and cut your waiting time in half? There are three types of airport security clearances that will make your trip less of a hassle:




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, Airlines


Facts About Verona: The Setting of Romeo and Juliet



In a courtyard in Verona, Italy a young girl stops to tuck a piece of paper in the crevice of a stone wall just below a tiny balcony. One of thousands of notes that carpet the wall, hers is barely noticeable. She has left it here at Casa di Giulietta, the home where Juliet Capulet of Shakespeare’s tragic love story lived, in hopes that the secretaries of Juliet will respond. It’s a sweet tradition that has been observed by lovers from every age, language and background. It’s also just one of connections shared between the British Bard and the country of Italy where nearly a third of his works were set.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Denali National Park




There is so much to do in Denali National Park. The Alaskan preserve offers beautiful scenery, fascinating wildlife, and unbeatable views. While Denali is known for being home to North America’s highest mountain peak, that’s not all there is to discover in the country’s northernmost state.




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Topics: Alaska, US National Parks, Travel Tips


Things to Do in Santiago, Chile




Ringed by the Andes Mountains and anchored by a dazzling historic downtown core, Santiago, Chile  has more than earned its stellar reputation as one of the most appealing cities in South America. It is considered a mecca for artists, foodies, and history buffs, as well as for fans of Chile’s unique culture—a disarming combination of European and indigenous influences. You'll never forget your time in the glorious City of the Island Hills!




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, International Travel


6 of the Best Places to Visit in 2020




Begin the year with an incredible adventure that will set an exciting tone for the new decade. Discover a different country or return to an old favorite with our list of the best places to visit in 2020.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, Senior Travel, Solo Travel, International Travel


How to Plan for Vacation without Breaking Your Retirement Budget




Exploring the world is a common dream, but without a solid retirement travel budget, it may seem unattainable. Luckily, it’s much easier to start crossing countries off your bucket list if you figure out how to save for a vacation.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, Senior Travel


Why Is The Sand Pink?...And Other Facts About Bermuda’s Beaches




An island nation fewer than two hours by plane from Atlanta and Miami, Bermuda is an easily accessible paradise on earth. It is renowned for its crystal-clear water, delicious food, and friendly people—but it’s famous for its striking pink sand beaches. A peculiar sight created by very particular conditions, Bermuda’s pink sand beaches must be seen to believe.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation


Best Things to do in Buenos Aires, Argentina




Falling in love with Buenos Aires is easy. It’s a capital whose charm runs deep, with a unique spirit and irresistible soundtrack. The tango is the heartbeat of the city. Strong, fast, and impossible to ignore, it’s a music, a dance, and a way of life. Buenos Aires fuses European architecture with a distinctly Latin joie de vivre, which has made it into the most visited city in all of South America.




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Topics: Americas, Travel Tips, Food and Dining, International Travel


How the Panama Canal was Built




The Panama Canal is one of the world’s most important, not to mention impressive, engineering marvels. Once considered nothing more than an impossible dream by kings and explorers alike, this on-land shortcut across 50 miles of Central American jungle connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, saving ships multiple days in transit around South America.




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Topics: Asia, International Travel