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Top 7 Sights to See at Flume Gorge

Tucked within the White Mountains of New Hampshire lies Flume Gorge, an 800-foot ravine with massive granite walls that extend up to 90 feet high. It cuts a deep fissure through the serene wooded landscape and was first discovered in 1808 by 93-year-old “Aunt” Jess Guernsey on a fishing trip. Not only is Flume Gorge one of the most beautiful gorges in New Hampshire, it’s also considered one of America’s most beautiful State Parks.

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Topics: Americas, Travel Inspiration

Tips on Exchange Rates & International Currency

Travel savings of any kind are always worth getting excited over, so we’re here with an easy-to-understand introduction to the dos and don’ts of international currency to save you time, money, and stress.

From where to exchange currency to using a credit card overseas, our five tips will help you feel confident traveling with cards and cash long before you arrive in your destination.

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Topics: Travel Tips

The Grand Vacation: Tips for Visiting the Grand Canyon

You’re finally doing it — taking that once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to America’s grandest park. The Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the world and at the top of many people’s bucket lists. With millions of visitors every year, the iconic Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the United States. Whether you’re peering over the canyon’s edge or watching the sun creep over its rim, seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time is something you will never forget.

Here are our expert tips for visiting the Grand Canyon:

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Topics: Planning a Vacation, US National Parks

10 Travel Myths Debunked

Planning a vacation is many people’s favorite part of travel. Unfortunately, it can oftentimes be met with long-standing travel myths that can dim the excitement of an upcoming adventure. Instead of building anticipation, these misconceptions can add unnecessary stress that can get in the way of preparing for a great vacation. We are here to debunk 10 common travel myths so you can confidently plan the next trip of your dreams.

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Topics: Travel Tips

8 Machu Picchu Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Since its “rediscovery” in 1911, the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu have fascinated archaeologists, historians, engineers, and travelers all over the world. The vast complex was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983, and in 2007, it became one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

If you’re one of the over one million people who will experience a Machu Picchu tour this year, we’ve gathered 8 facts about Machu Picchu that will spark your curiosity about this captivating and beloved destination.

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Topics: Americas, Travel Inspiration

Visiting Pompeii: Top Sights to See

When Mount Vesuvius exploded in a shower of fire and lava, it buried the city of Pompeii under 20 feet of ash and pumice. The town, its artifacts, and even its people laid entombed and lost to the world for over 1,700 years.

When the ruins of Pompeii were discovered and unearthed in the mid-16th century, most of the city remained intact, which spoke to how quickly the disaster occurred. Explorers found evidence of an ordinary life unexpectedly interrupted: inhabitants in lifelike poses, petrified bread still in ovens, and dogs chained beside their masters. The violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius caught thousands of inhabitants by complete surprise, but what remains of the ruins of Pompeii today?

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Topics: Europe

The Best 7 Travel Accessories for Seniors

In the past, travelers needed nothing more than a paper map, a good book and a tube of sunscreen to enjoy their vacation. Today, however, user-friendly travel gadgets and low-key essentials can make travels to international and domestic destinations more gratifying, immersive and fun. Yet with the abundance of helpful accessories these days, it’s hard to know what to pack. To help your next trip be your best one yet, we’ve gathered a list of some of the best travel accessories for seniors.

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Topics: Travel Tips

Hawaii's Sunscreen Ban and How it Will Affect You

Hawaii’s crystal-clear but fragile reefs and ocean life are one of the great attractions of the Aloha state, and a resource the state wants to protect for both tourists and locals alike.

It’s for this reason that in 2018, Governor David Ige signed a sunscreen ban into law. Although this law doesn’t actually ban all sunscreen, it does ban sunblock products that contain certain chemicals.

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Topics: Hawaii

Basic German Phrases Travelers Should Know

Are you planning a trip to Germany?

We guarantee you will always remember your time here. Germany is an incredible country with plenty to see and do. Visit picturesque Christmas markets and the iconic Oktoberfest, or explore historic churches, monuments and more.

But before you head out, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with a few basic German phrases for travel. Knowing some common German phrases can enrich your overall experience because you can communicate with the locals.

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Topics: Europe, River Cruises

How to Renew an Expired Passport

Whether you are traveling internationally for work or pleasure, a valid U.S. passport book is required. According to, the by mail or in-person processing time for routine passport services can be around 8–11 weeks, but may take longer. This typical renewal timeline may be affected by COVID-19 and the number of applications in their queue, so it is recommended to give yourself extra time.

It’s always best to be aware of when your passport expires, especially if you have upcoming travel plans. Some destinations require your passport to be valid for at least six months to be allowed to enter the country. And while passport cards are valid for land and sea border crossings from the U.S. to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda, they cannot be used for international air travel.

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Topics: Travel Tips, International Travel