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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

8 Historical Sites of Egypt



Egypt’s culture and historical sites have held our attention and sparked our imagination for thousands of years. Its colorful myths, all-powerful pharaohs, burial rituals, and reverence for cats are irresistible to everyone from children to retirees. And nothing captures our interest more than the epic, iconic monuments that Egyptians erected over the course of its millennia in power.

Egypt is on many people’s bucket list. From pyramids to grand temples and lavish tombs, these are the must-see sites of this can’t miss destination.




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Topics: International Travel, Travel Inspiration, Africa


Maine: The Way Life Should Be



Maine changed its state slogan from Vacationland to “the way life should be.” Which is a lot more accurate. The 23rd state is known for its slower pace, open spaces, and spectacular scenery. Maine’s long coastline and thickly forested interior are ruggedly and expansively beautiful. Granite mountains look out over quaint towns, and Maine’s rocky shores are the first place in America to greet the sunrise.

People visit here, move here, and stay here because there’s room and opportunity to enjoy life. There’s no reason to rush. The seasons change when they change, the fish will bite when they’re ready, and Mainers move on Maine Time.

YMT’s Coastal Maine & Acadia tour is a relaxing, peaceful, delightful journey through America’s Easternmost state. A memorable mixture of tours, activities, and free time allows guests to experience Maine at its fullest.




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Topics: US National Parks, Guest Stories, Travel Inspiration


Tips for a Stress-Free Airport Experience



Planning your next vacation and deciding where to go is an exciting endeavor. The anticipation builds as your getaway draws near, but sometimes the thought of navigating the airport can be stressful. With some preparation and our list of tips for airport travel, you can enjoy a stress-free airport experience as you embark on your next vacation.




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Topics: Travel Tips


Your Guide to Visiting Yellowstone National Park




It’s impossible not to enjoy a Yellowstone National Park vacation. The 2-million-acre park in the Wyoming wilderness is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Its wild terrain is diverse, with deep canyons, towering mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, and most famously, geysers.

There’s so much to see in this magnificent national park, the third most popular park in America. If you’re planning a trip to Yellowstone, this guide can help you have a truly memorable experience.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, US National Parks


Quiz: What Should Be Your Next Summer Getaway?



The long days of summer are meant to be cherished. This is the season for barbecues and beaches, stargazing and relaxation. It's also the best time of the year to get out of town on the perfect summer vacation! There are so many incredible destinations across the United States, so where should you go? Take this quiz to find out!




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Topics: Travel Inspiration


How to Avoid Jet Lag on Your Next Flight



We all wish we could avoid jet lag, the annoying side effect of long flights. Your internal clock, or circadian rhythm, is thrown off. So, for a few days, your sleep/wake cycle remains out of sync with the time zone you’ve flown into. Jet lag can make you wake up at 2 AM, want to go to bed 4 PM, and just not feel your best for the start of your vacation.

Thankfully, there are ways you can minimize the severity and length of jet lag. Smart choices before, during, and after you fly give you more time to enjoy your vacation without being bogged down by the frustrating symptoms of jet lag.




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Topics: Travel Tips, International Travel


Set Sail With YMT: 2022 Cruising Update



Photo Credit: Daniel Hernandez

Cruise lovers have been dreaming of returning to sea, including YMT Tour Director Daniel Hernandez. Daniel is an avid cruiser who has led countless cruise tours over the course of his career. He was as enthusiastic as our guests to board Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Breakaway for a 7-day Caribbean Cruise—his first cruise in two years.

Daniel’s experience leading our New Orleans & Western Caribbean Cruise left him happy and enthusiastic for what’s to come. He observed a few changes and new protocols, but the fun of cruising is back and better than ever.

Are you curious what cruising is like now? Read about Daniel’s experience, and what you can expect on a cruise in 2022!




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Topics: Travel Tips, Guest Stories


Most Visited National Parks in the US



America’s national parks are so precious that they are nationally protected and preserved as a birthright for all future generations. These natural wonders make us feel small—and we can’t help but marvel at their extraordinary beauty. Popular parks receive over a million visitors annually. The 10 most visited parks welcome more than 3 million people each year.




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Topics: US National Parks, Travel Inspiration


12 Must-See Thailand Temples




Thailand’s temples, or wats, are among its most popular tourist attractions. There are over 30,000 Buddhist and Hindu wats found across this Southeast Asian country. They are sacred places that many people visit every day to pray, meditate, and seek counsel from monks.

Thailand’s wats are colorful, ornately decorated complexes that are as beautiful as they are sacred. With multi-layered roofs, bell-shaped stupa towers, holy relics, and elaborate ornamentation, they are some of the most impressive religious structures in the world.

With so many options, how do you choose which Thailand temples to visit? Easy. You start with this list.




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Topics: Asia, Travel Inspiration


Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel is the Ultimate Escape




The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is one of the finest resorts in the country. The hotel was built in 1887 as a lakeside retreat for wealthy Golden Age travelers. Almost 140 years later it has retained its ambiance of refinement and gentility. The setting for the 1980 film Somewhere in Time is romantic, elegant, and the ultimate escape from modern life.

Iconic, historical, and famously luxurious, the Grand Hotel is the type of place you must visit at least once. A 2-night stay at the Grand Hotel is the highlight of YMT’s Mackinac Island & Grand Hotel tour.




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Topics: Americas, Guest Stories, Travel Inspiration