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Diana Cowgill

Diana Cowgill is a copywriter at YMT Vacations. She and her husband love to flit around the world together, gorging on regional baked goods and petting as many street cats as possible. Diana’s favorite places to visit are Greece, the Santa Ynez Valley, and the pages of a good book. She enjoys travel writing because it allows her to play a small part in making other people’s dreams come true.

Recent Posts

British Words & Phrases Americans Don’t Understand

While Americans and Brits technically speak the same language, all it takes is five minutes down the local to realize that theirs is a very different form of English. From insults to compliments, technical talk to slang, there’s plenty to confound those of us from across the pond. Learn how to navigate this foreign land with just a few common British English words and phrases:

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Topics: Europe, England

Where You Should Travel Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Are you trying to figure out where to go for your next vacation? You can look to the stars to help you decide! We’ve put together a helpful list of the best vacation destinations for each sign, from charismatic Capricorns to regal Leos. What’s your sign? And where will it lead you? 

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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Quizzes, Travel Inspiration

South African Animals

South African animals are some of the most iconic wildlife in the world. It’s home to nearly 300 mammal species, 450 reptile and amphibian species, and almost 850 different kinds of birds. This southernmost nation in Africa is a dream destination for animal lovers. South Africa is the best place in the world to the see legendary “Big 5” and countless other incredible animals.

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Topics: Africa

What to Do in Quebec City

Visitors figuring out what to do in Quebec City have an embarrassment of riches to choose from. This French-speaking city at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Saint-Charles Rivers is teeming with history, culture, and both natural and man-made beauty.

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Topics: Americas, New England/Canada

Return to Travel


Our domestic tours have resumed operations, and travelers are thrilled to be on the road again! YMT Vacations welcomed guests back in May, more than a year after the travel industry shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Topics: Planning a Vacation

Best Places to Visit in China

The list of the best places to visit in China is long because there is so much to see in this massive, ancient, endlessly varied Asian nation. China covers 3.7 million acres. It contains megacities, the towering Himalayas, lush forests, the sprawling Gobi Desert, tropical islands, and many more diverse environments.

The country is home to 3,000 years of history, and the world’s largest population at 1.3 billion people. 

The most popular places to visit in China are spectacular displays of history, natural beauty, and culture. From the centuries-old treasures hidden within the fortified walls of the Forbidden City, to the thick bamboo forests lining the scenic banks of the Yangtze River, there is no shortage of memorable places in China to visit.

Here are just a few of our favorite places to visit in China. 

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Topics: Asia, Planning a Vacation

36 Facts About Hawaii

There are countless interesting facts about Hawaii. Because the islands are thousands of miles away from their nearest neighbor, the environment and culture developed and adapted in fascinating and unique ways. The intriguing stories and facts about Hawaii’s human and natural history could fill a book, but there are plenty of amusing facts about Hawaii, too.

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Topics: Hawaii, History

Popular champagne flavors found in Champagne, France

Tiny bubbles, and the perfect balance that wine connoisseurs call “finesse,” are signatures of champagne. They are why a bottle of champagne elevates an event into a celebration—and the reason champagne drinkers are happy to pay such a premium.

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Topics: Europe, Food and Dining

Best Food to Eat in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan has a well-earned reputation as one of the finest foodie cities on the planet. Tokyo’s culinary offerings run the gamut from Michelin-starred haute cuisine to humble street food.

No matter the cost, you can expect perfection from each dish served in the bustling Japanese capital. Fresh ingredients, centuries of knowledge, and a culture with exacting taste all ensure that the food you eat in Tokyo will be a highlight of your trip.

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Topics: Asia, Food and Dining

Alaska to Yukon: Top of the world highway

The Top of the World Highway is a scenic 79-mile mountain road from the Yukon River in Canada to the Taylor Highway in Alaska. It winds its way along the crests of hills and mountains, providing spectacular panoramic views.

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Topics: Alaska, Travel Tips