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Kiwi Slang phrases Every Traveler to New Zealand Should Know

New Zealanders—Kiwis for those in the know—are famous for speaking in their own unique dialect. Not convinced? Just listen to any local conversation. Fast and sometimes quite thickly accented, the regional speech is packed with Kiwi slang that often requires a translator.

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Topics: Travel Tips, Senior Travel, Australia, New Zealand

Top Bucket List Vacation Destinations in 2021

With a turn of the calendar to 2021, a fresh start has arrived. The world beckons us to explore new destinations, embark on exciting tours, and savor new experiences. From Italy and Ireland to Peru and Hawaii, you can say hello to a clean slate and new beginnings. 

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Topics: Travel Tips, Travel Inspiration

What to Pack for Italy

Italian summer weather is bellissimo, meaning beautiful: hot, sunny, and dry for the most part. The invigorating Mediterranean climate is ideal for traveling and sightseeing, but deciding what to pack for Italy can be challenging. The country has several microclimates, including mountainous regions and islands.

Whether visiting the Vatican in Rome or admiring Renaissance art in Florence, YMT has the essential packing list for your next visit to Italy.

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Topics: Europe, Packing Lists

Must See Western National Parks to Visit for First Timers

The United States boasts 62 national parks spread over 31 states and territories. These range from small parks to large, famous ones such as Yellowstone and its most popular attraction, Old Faithful.

The western part of the U.S. has the most national parks, including the acclaimed Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Arches, and Sequoia National Parks. That makes the west an ideal destination to easily explore a variety of parks. These are our top five western national parks for first-timers.

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Topics: US National Parks, Travel Inspiration

10 Foods to Eat in Hawaii

You’ve finally made it to Hawaii. You have an umbrella drink in one hand, a paperback in the other, and your only shoes are several pairs of brightly colored flip flops. But before you get the idea that a Hawaiian escape is all about the pool deck, we invite you to head a bit further afield to discover local Hawaiian food and the real flavors of the islands.

Pull up a seat at the table and enjoy the best of the Aloha State with these 10 beloved foods to eat in Hawaii:

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Topics: Hawaii

Travel Quiz: Where Should You Travel Next in North America?

Sometimes it’s difficult to decide where to go on your next vacation. From tropical getaways to national parks and historic road trips, the options are seemingly endless.

To help you choose your next North America getaway and determine the type of traveler you are, we have created a Travel Destination Quiz. By answering a few simple questions, our quiz will help you choose the right destination to meet your needs and send you on a phenomenal North American vacation.

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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Quizzes, Travel Inspiration

YMT Memories: Guest Spotlight on Memorable Favorites

The world is full of amazing destinations, perhaps too many to comprehend. Deciding where to visit for your next getaway can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.

We asked our guests what some of their best memories were on a YMT Vacation so you can use them as inspiration for your next trip.

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Topics: Guest Stories

The Most Scenic Rhine River Castles

The Rhine River’s lush hillsides are thick with wine grapes, thriving towns, and towering castles. The highest concentration of castles are in Germany’s 40-mile long Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This compact region contains 40 castles and fortresses.

The Rhine links northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Cities, castles, and impenetrable fortresses were built in key sites along the Rhine’s banks. A new spectacular sight greets you around each bend of the river, which makes river cruising the best way to appreciate the stunning scenery of the Rhine.

The castles of the Middle Rhine Valley are some of the best in Europe. Many of them were built in the 12th-14th centuries, during the peak of the Middle Ages. Imposing, beautiful, and largely still intact, these castles are perfect examples of the fortified structures that defined Europe for so much of its history.

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Topics: Europe, River Cruises

6 Best Things to Do in London

London has always held a strong allure for visitors. For centuries its sophistication, wealth, beauty, and exciting culture have attracted travelers to its wide, tree lined streets.

Today, it is one of the top three most popular vacation destinations in the world. Each year, over 20 million visitors flock to its famous sites such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye. It can seem overwhelming, but don’t be intimidated by how much there is to do in this bustling capital city.

We’ve narrowed it down to just five of the top things to do in London:

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Topics: Europe

Benefits of Booking a Rocky Mountain Vacation Package

The Rocky Mountains span all the way from northern British Columbia in Canada to northern New Mexico in the United States. They offer breathtaking landscapes and vistas dotted with snow-capped mountain peaks, rivers and lakes, trails, and abundant wildlife.

Each year, millions of visitors flock to the Rockies to experience the majestic beauty of nature and explore the vast trails, rivers, alpine forests, and lakes.

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Topics: Americas, US National Parks